collection which Darnton has so successfully mined over the years. Some of them incidentally, is the chapter dealing with the great cat massacre, which as. The Great Cat Massacre. In Paris in the s, Robert Darnton | Published in History Today Volume 34 Issue 8 August 19th-century illustration of a. The Great Cat Massacre has ratings and reviews. Darnton aimed this book at both the popular and academic markets, according to his intro.

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The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History

Parts were interesting, but a lot of it was boring, and the author did not do much to orient the popular reader.

Some people who gave it bad reviews appear to have read the book make fair points, and admit their subjective reaction. This is why we need to reread Mother Goose. It could no exception.

Oct 24, Hilary rated it liked it. It is the subjectivity of the the people of the time, and how this might analyst that is the problem, as it is going suggest that the characters in the story to always shape their analysis.

It does not depend on one source thf its darngon, or indeed minimum of useful detail for the politi- on one type of source. I was happy to be rid of it at the time – my brain did fine with analytical stuff like science and languages, but history was just too unruly to get a handle on and it always brought down my grade average.

The second chapter The Great Cat Massacre has a unique pretext and continues the “otherness” theme, although it’s even more disturbing to modern sensibilities. Nov 05, Nastya Podhorna rated it it was amazing. View all 5 comments.

This cag the republic of letters from the reader’s side, and gives a taste of the kind of adoration that readers developed for Rousseau.

The Great Cat Massacre – Wikipedia

The human condition has changed so much since then that we can hardly imagine the way it appeared to people whose lives really were nasty, brutish, and short. I understand the professor’s attitude: One of the signs of a flourishing ex-pat community is that underemployed British wives and girlfriends will set up a Humane Society wherever they go. Basic Books, New York, It comprises six essays, each of which considers a very specific aspect of life in France during the first half of the 18th century, using a particular incident or set of documents as a point of departure.


They do this by keeping him and his wife awake at thee with cat calls, leading the master to order them to kill the alley cats. The society was obvi- tions by those involved.

The fourth is based on the records of a police inspector, whose task was to monitor the activities of writers in and around Paris, intervening to protect morality and the interests of the state. The Journal of Modern History, Vol.

And, for the encyclopedia section, include the dates of the prior encyclopedias used for comparison? One really important point I learned from this author is that the way to understand a foreign culture at any time is to take something that makes no sense to you, either why it was done or why the people of that culture reacted in that way. I have become a major history reader since then, and I think this book helped.

The tales, once explained, are often rooted in real events or at least have contemporary cultural references that elucidate their meaning.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The City As Text. It describes and then challenges accepted wisdom. It suggests that the police were grezt aware of a growing distance massafre the King and his people, and also an emerging threat to traditional religious beliefs with the growth of secular thought.

Probably a bit biased going into it, having absorbed much of the criticism against it by cultural osmosis, but a very interesting read.

As such, the meant to someone in the Sixteenth Century conlict can be seen as a conlict between carried the same meaning to someone liv- the two liminal elements associated with ing in the Eighteenth.

The domestic cat cation of symbolic values from differing represented the excesses of the bourgeois, periods of time to this particular story is with the cat being treated better than risky.

The literature itself, Darnton asserts that when analysing popu- like all literature, was aimed a speciic lar cultural history, the historian needs dagnton audience who thought in a particular way. I like histories, but this one may be for the true Francophiles out there By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Lists with This Book. Proceeds through six chapters, each an essay on a different aspect of Old Regime France: The workers glory on the incident constant revisions within the subject.


Having spent a large portion of my life working Geertz, C. Feb 12, Domhnall rated it it was amazing Shelves: These are some of the provocative questions Robert Darnton attempts to answer in this dazzling series of essays that probe the ways of thought in what we like to call “The Age of Enlightenment. Stewart, Philip Winter — Paperbackpages. He shows that we can learn a lot from these artifacts. This is an extremely boring essay darbton has very little to do with cats about it and a lot to do with labour practices.

Which surprised me, and disappointed me somewhat. Don’t really understand what there is not to “get” about the joke of the cat massacre, though. The second half is focussed on even more ambiguous groupings.

Although Massacde will admit the subject is a bit abstract and I can imagine for a lot of people it would be dull to tears. It’s all down hill for dafnton from that point on. What did the anonymous townsman grfat Montpelier have in mind when he kept an exhaustive dossier on all the activities of his native city?

They had ideologies The second essay, the title of the book, is just a hook. The second essay looks at the way artisans workers in a printing shop interpreted their world, their own economic prospects and the different interests of their employers, in a period prior to the industrial revolution, though with early capitalist formations altering their landscape.

These were times in which children this is before the birth of childhood as we know it were subjected to backbreaking dawn-to-dusk labor reminiscent of Rumpelstiltskin ; in which peasants, unable to feed another child, were forced to abandon newborns Hansel and Gretel ; and, in a peculiar demography in which one of every five Norman men re-wed after the death of his first wife, stories of stepmothers abounded Cinderella.