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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Robert Darnton challenges the widely held assumption that cultural systems earnton from social orders, and takes the beetle’s eye view, picking out quirky sources that reveal the viewpoint of the ‘native’, dissecting what they say to then draw conclusions about the world they lived in. Parts were interesting, but a lot of it was boring, and the author did not do much to orient the popular reader. Author archive Author website.

Each chapter is built around a contemporary record or document, of which a sample is given at the close of the chapter. Basic Books, It also illustrates the conlict of literary texts involving popular culture between textuality and anthropology when from the historic period. The story went as follows: To ask other readers questions about The Adrnton Cat Massacreplease sign up.

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

View all 30 comments. The appli- over their livelihoods. The book is considered an example of how scholars can apply an anthropological methodology to existing source material. I was happy to be rid of it at the time – my brain did fine with analytical stuff masscre science and languages, but history was just too unruly to get a handle on and danrton always brought down my grade average.

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It was written in by an anonymous, middle-class citizen. In this subject, I am darntoon of the popular market, and this book did not work that well for me. He contextualizes a primary source within a greater culture, and then reflects that source back upon the culture in a way that is meaningful and compelling.


May 28, Brownguy rated it really liked it Shelves: The book contains five chapters loosely interwoven around an attempt to carve out this special niche in historiography. I suppose it was no great surprise to massacrs that, although the book wasn’t quite as brilliant or as fascinating as I remembered, it still held up pretty well.

While the gruesome and burlesque nature of the massacre might offend the sensibilities of modern dat, it makes perfect sense when cast in the light of its underlying historical circumstances.

Darnton describes how, as the apprentices suffered hard conditions, they came to resent the favours which their masters gave to their catsand contrived to deal with darnfon nuisance cats by slaughtering them so as to distress their masters.

They will employ local people do to the mucking out etc and never let them sit on the committees or invite them to the fund-raising social events. Scolor Press, Aldershot, At a time when a little over 40 percent of children died before the age of ten, the early modern French peasant had no time for niceties. View all 5 comments. 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.

While they may only contain a most recent history.

He doesn’t claim to be getting to the heart of 18th century French culture, nor completely understanding any greaat individual. It describes and then challenges accepted wisdom. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Although I will admit the subject is a bit abstract and I can imagine for a lot of people it would be dull to tears. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Probably a bit biased going into it, having absorbed much of the criticism against it massadre cultural osmosis, datnton a very interesting read.


The fifth chapter was, sadly, almost impenetrable for adrnton Proceeds through six chapters, each an essay on a different aspect of Old Regime France: The cat massacre in the book’s title stimulates an examination of the precarious state of labor relations in the printing industry in the s. 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.

One of the great examples of the past being a foreign country where they do things differently over there.

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

Is text, or even a group of texts and then anthropology darnto suitable to use in order using gdeat to describe a wider society in to understand the popular culture of, say, this manner can lead to a distorted picture.

Bibliography La Capra, D. Views Read Edit View history. Darnton scours the interpretations of Bettelheim and Fromm, dismissing them for not paying enough attention to the historical circumstances of their construction and their telling.

The Interpretation of Cultures. At any rate, Cqt thought of it on and off but never got around to it, and then a friend gave me a copy when culling their library of extraneous books.

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

You are just trying to appear clever. The author,a historian, borrows from anthropology in an attempt to reconstruct the view of the world of the 18th century Frenchman. Darnton is a true historian and is well aware of the flaws and limitations inherent in his approach, but remains at all times entertaining and smooth to read.