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Festivals and the French Revolution

Mona Ozouf

Foreword by Lynn Hunt

Translated by Alan Sheridan

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ISBN 9780674298842

Publication Date: 10/01/1991


400 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

8 halftones


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  • Foreword [Lynn Hunt]
  • The Republican Calendar
  • Brief Chronology of the French Revolution
  • Introduction
  • I. The History of the Revolutionary Festival
    • The Revolution as Festival
    • History of the Festivals, History of the Sects
    • Boredom and Disgust
  • II. The Festival of the Federation: Model and Reality
    • Riot and Festival: The “Wild” Federations
    • The Federative Festivals
    • The Paris Federation
    • A New Festival?
    • The Festival of All the French?
  • III. The Festival above the Parties: 1792
    • The Norm and the Exception
    • Two Antagonistic Festivals?
    • The Unity of Tragedy
  • IV. Mockery and Revolution: 1793–1794
    • The “Other” Festival
    • Where, When, with Whom?
    • Reasonable Reason
    • Violence and the Festival
  • V. Return to the Enlightenment: 1794–1799
    • The “Happy Nation”
    • The System of Brumaire, Year IV
  • VI. The Festival and Space
    • Space without Qualities
    • The Symbolic Mapping-Out
    • The Renovation of a Ceremonial Space: The Example of Caen
    • The Resistance of Paris
    • The Space-Time of the Revolution
  • VII. The Festival and Time
    • Beginning
    • Dividing Up
    • Commemorating
    • Ending
  • VIII. The Future of the Festival: Festival and Pedagogy
    • “The Schools of the Mature Man”
    • The Power of Images
    • The Correct Use of Images
    • Nothing Goes without Saying
  • IX. Popular Life and the Revolutionary Festival
    • A Shameful Ethnology
    • History of a Failure
    • Revolutionary Symbolism and Peasant Tradition
    • The Mai sauvage
    • A Pedagogical Tree
    • From the Maypole to the Tree
    • A Break
  • X. The Revolutionary Festival: A Transfer of Sacrality
    • Horror vacui
    • The Meaning of a Few Borrowings
    • The Meaning of Purging
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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