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Heroes and Legends of Fin-De-Siècle France: Gender, Politics, and National Identity

Heroes and Legends of Fin-De-Siècle France: Gender, Politics, and National Identity

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In Heroes and Legends of Fin-de-Si cle France Venita Datta examines representations of fictional and real heroes in the boulevard theater and mass press during the fin de si cle (1880-1914), illuminating the role of gender in the construction of national identity during this formative period of French history. The popularity of the heroic cult at this time was in part the result of defeat in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, as well as a reaction to changing gender roles and collective guilt about the egoism and selfishness of modern consumer culture. The author analyzes representations of historical figures in the theater, focusing on Cyrano de Bergerac, Napoleon, and Joan of Arc, and examines the press coverage of heroes and anti-heroes in the Bazar de la Charit fire of 1897 and the Ullmo spy case of 1907.

Author: Venita Datta
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 05/01/2011
Pages: 276
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.83lbs
Size: 8.96h x 6.07w x 0.58d
ISBN: 9780521186520

Review Citation(s):
Choice 09/01/2011

About the Author
Datta, Venita: - Venita Datta, Professor of French at Wellesley College, where she has taught since 1991, is a specialist of French cultural and intellectual history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of Birth of a National Icon (1999) and has published articles in various journals, including French Historical Studies, the Journal of Contemporary History, Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques, French Cultural Studies and CLIO: Histoire, Femmes et Société. Professor Datta is a recipient of the Chateaubriand Fellowship, awarded by the French government.

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