The Literary Culture of France: Studies in the Essential Character and Permanent Values of French Literature from the Earliest Times to the Present

J. E. G. Dixon

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280 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.9in.This book is addressed not only to students and teachers of French literature, but to all English-speaking students and amateurs of French culture and civilization, irrespective of their degree of familiarity with the French language. It is one of the shortcomings of formal education that few attempts are made to explain the relationship between subjects within the framework of human knowledge. The subjects of study of the humanities, and especially of literature, while not dependent on it, is furthered by an acquaintance with other fields of knowledge which throw light on the nature of man and the world in which he lives. And conversely, of course, the study of man in his fourfold relationship, with himself, with others, with Nature, and with his God, as depicted in literature, not only enriches other studies, but in itself affords a depth and a kind of experience which no other kind of writing can give. French literature, a humanist literature in the best sense of the term, will always have man and his nature, human society and its destiny, for its focus, no matter what forms it may take. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory #

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This book is addressed not only to students and teachers of French literature, but to all English-speaking students and amateurs of French culture and civilization, irrespective of their degree of familiarity with the French language.

It is one of the shortcomings of formal education that few attempts are made to explain the relationship between ‘subjects’ within the framework of human knowledge. The subjects of study of the humanities, and especially of literature, while not dependent on it, is furthered by an acquaintance with other fields of knowledge which throw light on the nature of man and the world in which he lives. And conversely, of course, the study of man in his fourfold relationship, with himself, with others, with Nature, and with his God, as depicted in literature, not only enriches other studies, but in itself affords a depth and a kind of experience which no other kind of writing can give. French literature, a humanist literature in the best sense of the term, will always have man and his nature, human society and its destiny, for its focus, no matter what forms it may take.

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Jack Dixon was born in England and following school joined the Royal Air Force to begin aircrew training in 1943. He gained his pilot's 'wings' too late for active combat and left the Service shortly after. He studied in France for a year before going to Merton College Oxford in 1949, graduating with an honours degree in Modern Languages. During his time at Oxford he flew with the University Air Squadron for 3 years. He emigrated to Canada in 1952, and after five years with the Royal Canadian Air Force, he took his PhD at Stanford, in 1963-65, and taught French Language and Literature at the University of Winnipeg for 31 years, retiring to Victoria, on Vancouver Island in 1991. He has published four previous books, of which may be mentioned Concordance des Œuvres complètes de François Rabelais (Genève, Droz, 1992) and Dowding and Churchill. The Dark Side of the Battle of Britain (Barnsley, Pen and Sword, 2008). In 1959 he married his wife, Rika who, was born in Arnhem, Holland. They have a daughter, Jacqueline, a water resource management officer in Manitoba. The author is currently finishing a Memoir of his wife's and her family's ordeals in Holland during the War; and is preparing a book on disobeying orders in war.

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