I’m a Ph.D. student in English literature at an American university. As part of my work for next year (my third year), I need to pass a comprehensive exam in order to move on to the dissertation stage. My field of study is British literature and culture circa 1789-1914 (otherwise known as the long 19th century), and I’m incredibly interested in British responses to the French Revolution. For my exam, I chose two periods (18th and 19th-century British literature). The lists are quite general, featuring canonical works; however, I can tailor them to fit my personal research interests, with an eye to the dissertation topic...
To this end, one of my advisors suggested that I create a bibliography of British literature from the 18th and 19th centuries that relate to the French Revolution, which I would add to my reading list for the exam. I’ve put together a short list based on what I’m aware is out there, but I would appreciate the input of this community. If you can, please recommend any British literature (poetry, drama, fiction, nonfiction, etc.) from the long 19th century in Britain on the subject of the Revolution.
Again, any suggestions for additions would be appreciated. My central interest is the 1789 Revolution, but works on the subject of the Napoleonic wars or 19th c. revolutions would be relevant as well.
( Here's what I have so far. )
Option 1) Professor one is more interested in cultural trends, and stuff like symbolism in the french revolution, and social aspects. (eh.....not my favorite area) She's interested in me writing my paper on the historiography of the French Rev, or how the French Rev is viewed through popular culture, compared through history. (ie: How was it viewed during the 3rd Republic, vs. Vichy France?) However, she's easy to work with, downside, likes Simon Schama.
Option 2) Professor two is more interested in political, economic and military history. Ideas for paper are: The CPS and planned economies, or how it operated as the world's first war bureau. Or the French-east India trading scandal (helped the downfall of the dantonists/hebertists.) and trade during the era. These topics seem a little more academic than say writing about pop culture. However he's rather hard to work with, (Socialist, and not in a good way, more the totalitarian type, and runs things according to such)
So...what do you guys think? any other paper ideas?
I know it's a busy time for a lot of people - I'm currently in the midst of finals myself - but I was hoping that people might be able to take a little time out to help me out.
I also dearly hope that this isn't massively off-topic and is permitted to be posted. It does deal quite heavily with the FR, at least! : )
I'm heading off to France in a few weeks - Paris for a few weeks, then a break-neck tour around some smaller towns (Arras, Blerancourt, Strausborg, you know the drill), then a week or so down in Monaco (which normally I would avoid due to price, but someone very kind has offered to lend me lodging, so I'm going. ^^)
I need advice on where to go and what to do/see - I know a bunch of people here are either francophiles, FR geeks, live in and/or have been to France recently, or a combination of the above. So - help! Anyone have any links to online tour guides (of the French Revolution, Les Miserables, historical geekery, etc. variety)? Suggestions of places to go? Books I should look at? Does anyone have a list of the current locations of the major FR historical sites (Robespierre's house, etc.)? I'm generally interested in historical or fandomish sites, good places to eat, and other stuff to do.
Any advice at all, even the obvious, is extremely welcome! I got nothing, really. ^^
I've sort of left specific planning to the last minute, so, um, help! (Also, if you know any other places on LJ I could post this cry for help to where it wouldn't be obnoxious and would get some useful tips, I'd be grateful!)
(Less related: if you know anything about Switzerland, Germany (Berlin and Munich), Prague or Vienna, it would also be useful - I'm hoping to hit a city on my way out from Paris, and would like advice for those places as well)
Most google searches I've done seem to turn up tours that are heavy on Marie-Antoinette and rather light on the Committee of Public Safety etc.
Last semester I checked out a book from my university library called Commemorating the Dead in Revolutionary France: Revolution and Remembrance, 1789-1799 by Joseph Clarke but accidentally returned it with a bulk of other books, not having read it. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else had given it a glance over and if so, what you thought of it. Also, if you have any other similar books to recommend, I'd appreciate it, since I'm currently very interested in this topic.
I also recently read an interesting essay called "Gothic Thermidor: The Bals des victimes, the Fantastic, and the Production of Historical Knowledge in Post-Terror France" by Ronald Schechter. In a word, no one can ascertain that 'bals des victimes' actually took place, but they grew to such mythic proportions that mention of them can be found in many memoirs and other writings from the 1790s to WWI.
I think we should really hold our own 'bal des victimes'; only, instead of commemorating the aristos, we'd be drinking to the Revolution;)
I am terribly craving for history books. And my mom also wants me to make a huge list of books, but I don't know what else to put there - I have so little, so far! And I really feel like reading, what, fifteen books from here to the end of summer!
I really want books that are related to the eras I like (and that this community has to do with). That is, Baroque, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian eras, etc. I want books that are mostly about fashion and lifestyle of, but I also like good mystery, vampire, super-really-morbid and erotic novels that have to do with the eras I like. Since this community only has to do with the French revolution, I'd appreciate it if you recommended me any novel or book that has to do with it.
If you're knowledgeable in books and/or give me your input in this, I'd greatly appreciate it! Thank you so much!
Soon to be x-posted to a bazillion communities.
Any books about him, please? S'il te plait? xD
thanks anyhow ^^
Does anyone know anything about Bernard Lerat or his book (published around the time of the Bicentennial) Le terrorisme révolutionnaire? I know this book exists because I've come across several copies for sale on-line, but oddly, not a one of my books on the Revolution, whether in French or in English, mention him in their bibliographies. I can't fathom why.
I've tried to think of reasons, but none of them seem to make sense. Is it perhaps a vulgarisation rather than a work of serious scholarship? Surely then, at least, my books of historiography or on the portrayal of the Revolution ought to mention it. Does it make laughable assertions? So does Gueniffey, but people cite him all the time. Could the sites selling this book have made a typo in his name? But multiple sites making the same typo? Seems rather unlikely. And it's not as if any of my books cite anyone with a similar name. Is it just a book of so little importance that no one finds it worth mentioning? Is there really any book quite *that* insignificant?
...It's a puzzle to me, truly. So does anyone have any thoughts on the matter? Better still, has anyone actually read the book? Please, share any information you might have!
PS--for the sake of my research, I'm looking for British representations, not French
I'm particularly looking for things they said in the various legislatures (or at least during the time of the legislatures!)
My teacher has assigned us to finish our bibliography and research over spring break, so I was hoping you guys here could help direct me to some good sources to use! Secondary, primary, books, articles - anything's good! I figure if anyone knows something on this subject it's you.
Thanks a lot!
(I will happy repay anyone who helps with pictures of whatever they like! Please, please help! *desperate*)
Though, I'm tempted to assume that most students in an intermediate/advanced level college French class should have over the years absorbed enough about the Revolution to know the basics and then just talk about the arguments surrounding Paris' influence on the Revolution...
But I find that even if these photos are great (and some of a very good quality, better than professional ones), they are not complete. Most of them are stills of Robespierre and Saint-Just (of course, we all admire them thourougly) and sometimes, of Camille or Danton, but there's not stills from other characters or at least, few of them. I wish I could see more stills from Lebas, Babette, Eléonore, Monsieur Duplay, Augustin , Amar, Mme. Duplay, Vadier, Collot,Billaud, Carnot, Lindet, Fouquier, Hermann, Fabre, Fouché, Barras, Fréron, Mme. Tallien and (of course!), my beloved one, Hanriot (from "La Terreur et la Vertu", the other one is just creepy)...just to make an avatar of him (Muahahaha). It could be useful to also post some good stills of many imprtant events of the Revolution as the fall of the Bastille, 20 June, 10 August and so on...What do you think about it? I mean stills from all movies we've seen as "La Terreur et la Vertu" (my very favorite, by far), "Saint-Just ou la Force des Choses", "Liberté, Fraternité and Choucroute", "Danton" "La Revolution Française" , "Marie-Antoinette" etc.
If I could know how to do it, I should do it, but my computer skills are near to zero....Some months ago, I was not even able to post pictures from a site, so think I had evolutioned!
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I would be so grateful if you could mention any Revolutionary things to be seen in Paris. I've seen a little bit, but I'm sure I've barely scratched the surface. I will of course take a ton of photos of anything remotely relevant and probably post them here, if that isn't against the rules, or some such. Thank you all in advance. I love this comm, and even though I never post and never comment, I come lurk a lot, and your shared enthusiasm for this wonderful period in history makes me feel in somewhat less lonely in my obsession. So thanks again. ♥
I have been stalking this community for a while, but am only now joining because I have a question. (It’s so exciting to see people interested in the French Revolution! Most of my family/friends/colleagues/&etc. just ignore me when I mention anything about it...)
Where do you buy your books on the French Revolution. Some, I’m sure you happen to find by chance, but where do you get the ones that you set out to buy. I have been browsing Amazon lately (because my books are quite lonely), and so many of them are very expensive! (For I am, regrettably, a poor college student...) How much do you generally pay for a book on the French Revolution? It depends on the content, I suppose, but like for an ‘Oeuvres Completes de...’, or those demmed elusive (gad, a Pimpernel reference...) biographies on Saint-Just, Hérault, &etc.
Salut et fraternité,
So i've finally decided what i wanna make for my bf..for xmas..or whatever..(but it prolly won't be done for a bit..)
and it's a cute Maxime plushie/doll thing!!!!!!!!!!
But the other problem with that is..i have no idea how i'm going to start all that. I mean my aunt is a sewer so she can sew the Maxime Plushie together or whatnot....I have thread, the needles and the will to do it but nothing else. I know i have to get fabric for his clothes, eyes and his wig if i choose and maybe glasses?
So i need help with this.
Any ideas to what i can do this plushie to make it special?
Anything i need for it? Like some specific type of material for clothes because i'm stumped. lmao. I know it's going to take me awhile but i'd like help. Please!!! Like what other materials I need..and stuff and stuff..so yeah.
thank you ^^