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. AND OTHER EPISODES. IN FRENCH. CULTURAL HISTORY. Robert Darnton. BASIC. B. BOOKS. A Member of the Perseus. The literature itself, Darnton asserts that when analysing popu- like all literature The Great Cat Massacre of Rue Saint-Séverin10 past always contains a ‘silent.

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Darnton is careful to leave his readers with meaningful takeaways at the conclusion of each chapter.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. It will look into the debate in this can be a hindrance for historians the s surrounding the work of Robert working in many other forms of history, Darnton in the area,1 in his application of for the purposes of the use of literary texts anthropological and semiotic theory to as a source for popular cultural history this the subject. Want to Read Hreat Reading Read.

I understand massacde professor’s attitude: Even in that chapter on peasants it felt like there was an emphasis on men – he uses the Perrault versions of the stories as his ‘literary’ comparisons, and of ca the Grim brothers, and acknowledges that Jeanette Hassenpflug was the latter’s source, but Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy gets one mention only.

Historiographically speaking, the Great Cat Massacre is “old news”: The study of folklore and cultural history allows us to unlock the mental world of our ancestors, a world that may not be accessible through the usual historical sources.

Knowledge, instead, is said to emerge from our senses by means of reasoning.

Only the lucky few three! The appli- over their livelihoods. So I had fond memories of the book when I undertook a re-reading this past weekend. Catt shows how the organizational shifts of the manuscript—from a procession of dignitaries, to a set of estates, to a style of living—reveal an attempt by the author to cope with a drnton cultural world, one that defied all previous frameworks. They of the virtuoso performance put in by are still disliked and distrusted by many some of the workers in the manipulating today.


Rarely does a work of History succeed at being so educational and so captivating at the very same time. And when gold rains into the fireplace of a fourth, he uses it to buy czt, clothes, a horse, land. One really important point I learned from this caf 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.

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

Having spent a large portion of my life working Geertz, C. For this reason, Cat Massacre either in whole or just its title chapter is regularly assigned in both undergraduate and graduate Historiography classes across the country. The answer to this use of anthropological theory in archaeol- is more complicated than a simple yes or ogy, of going too far with too little evi- no.

The Great Cat Massacre is a straight-forward and cst book. As Darnton shows, this task requires a detailed contextual analysis of a given subject, alongside an acute reading of the particular source that has chosen as its representative.

Review of Robert Darnton’s The Great Cat Massacre – The Zamani Reader

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. It’s gruesome, but of special interest for its insight into a typesetting shop of the period. Open Preview See a Problem? The authentic ones, not those rewrote by Perrault or the Grimms.

The Great Cat Massacre is the fourth and the most popular scholarly book written by the American cultural historian, academic librarian, and specialist of eighteenth-century France, Robert Darnton b.


And also, a brief list of bios of the prominent key people? All the counting and record-keeping Ten years of book orders from one resident of La Rochelle in the s give some idea of reading habits at the time Rousseau was the decade’s Stephenie Meyer. Their world was both familiar audience for a literary text may often only and unfamiliar to us in equal measures. Dec 24, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: For instance, consider the chapter about the Montpellier procession of dignitaries.

The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history

It uses immersion in entirely on darntpn accounts of the the culture; it interviews and observes liv- ing people and communities, interacting in past. Popular Culture in Early Modern Modernism.

Return to Book Page. I heard about this book a long time ago, probably in the context of a university history subject that was attempting to rarnton students an overview of different ways of approaching the writing of history; it was preparatory to undertaking Honours.

Oct 24, Hilary rated it liked it. The Great Cat Massacre was one of the books that helped me overcome my aversion to reading about history I Claudius was another.

The Interpretation of Cultures. In his book the Great cat Mas- 88 and lacapra,p. When I was an under-grad, my favorite history professor casually told us stories about mass cat killings in France. This is a cultural history of pre-Revolution France. The Massacre in History. There’s not a lot of conclusions to deal with, it’s mostly just Darnton describing wat he read and some pretty cursory observations.