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The City in French Writing: The Eighteenth-Century Experience

Siofra Pierse

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ISBN 10: 1904558089 / ISBN 13: 9781904558088
Published by Univ College Dublin Pr, 2004
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Title: The City in French Writing: The ...

Publisher: Univ College Dublin Pr

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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The eighteenth-century French city posed particular challenges to writer and citizen alike, presenting possibilities and pitfalls specific to the pre-Revolutionary decades. The eight essays in this collection-four are in French-consider everyday life on the streets of the metropolis, providing an outlook that is novel and markedly distinct. Most striking is the dramatic change in focus between the early and late decades of this troubled century. Initially, the city can be constructed as a space that allows individuals to evolve and flourish. Later in the century, the city is depicted textually as being unstable, in both moral and civic terms. In a stark transition, the city thus evolves from a place of great potential into a space of real danger, teetering on the verge of revolutionary chaos.


"[has] the virtue of examining a theme that has received surprisingly little critical attention while at the same time bringing to the fore less-known authors and texts." CHOICE April 2005 "This collection of well-written and informative essays enriches our understanding and appreciation of the crucial role that urban life, and Paris in particular, played in the fiction as well as the philosophical thought of the eighteenth century." French Review 79.6 2006

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