Colette’s Republic: Work, Gender, and Popular Culture in France


…a finely crafted study…The wealth of her scholarly evidence aside, Tilburg develops her] arguments with magisterial care, resulting in a book that deserves the attention of all students of contemporary French history. Highly recommended. . Choice In France’s Third Republic, secularism was, for its adherents, a new faith, a civic religion founded on a rabid belief in progress and the Enlightenment conviction that men (and women) could remake their world. And yet with all of its pragmatic smoothing over of the supernatural edges of Catholicism, the Third Republic engendered its own fantastical ways of seeing by embracing observation, corporeal dynamism, and imaginative introspection. How these republican ideals and the new national education system of the 1870s and 80s-the structure meant to impart these ideals-shaped belle epoque popular culture is the focus of this book. The author reassesses the meaning of secularization and offers a cultural history of this period by way of an interrogation of several fraught episodes which, although seemingly disconnected, shared an attachment to the potent moral and aesthetic directives of French republicanism: a village’s battle to secularize its schools, a scandalous novel, a vaudeville hit featuring a nude celebrity, and a craze for female boxing. Beginning with the writer and performer Colette (1873-1954) as a point of entry, this re-evaluation of belle epoque popular culture probes the startling connections between republican values of labor and physical health on the one hand, and the cultural innovations of the decades preceding World War I on the other.
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Nation in Imagination

Nation in Imagination
The essays in this volume examine the swiftly changing connotations of the concept of nation in the global world of today. They analyse the contradictory as well as complementary relationship that exists between two major political and intellectual categoreis-the national and the global-and raise a host of questions that are pertinent to individual and collective life in contemporary society. The areas of concern identified range from the problem sof marginalized communities within ntion to the new neo-colonial imperatives of the politics of globalization. The title, Nation in Imagination, signals the discursive grounds for debate the points to the role of the shaping influence of narratives in the shifting controus of nation. About Author : C.Vijayasree is Professor of English at Osmania University, Hyderabad. She was Vice-Chari, ACLALS, from 2001 to 2004. Her other publications include Mulk Raj Anand: The Writer and the Raj (1998) and Suniti Namjoshi: The Artful Transgressor (2001). Mennakshi Mukherjee, former Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, was Chairperson, ACLALS, from 2001 to 2004. Among her other publications are Re-reading Jane Austen (1995), published in India by Orient Longman, The Perishable Empire: Essays on Indian Writing in English (2002) and Realism and Reality: The Novel and Society in India (1985). Contents : Acknowledgements Introduction SECTION 1: RE-IMAGINING THE NATION Nationalism and the Imagination Re-imagining Communities Nationalism and Peculiarities of the Indian Varieties of Nationalism: Culture and Resistance in the Indian Enlgish Novel Benedict Anderson Revisited British Orientalism and the Hindu nation: Robert Southey’s Palimpsest of Kehama, 1800-1810 Nation, Literature and Institutional Change A Roadmap to Civilization The Emperor’s New Clothes SECTION 2: De-centring the Nation The Caledonian Diaspora in Australia: A Foot in the Each Camp From Empire to Empire: Writing the Transnational Anglo-Indian Self in Australia Genering Imaginations: Stories by Some Canadian ‘Mothers of the Nation’ Ghost Spaces, Living Histories: Memory and Photography in Contemporary Native North American Women’s Poetry Woman and Nation in the Works of Contemporary Female Egyptian Writers Fabricating Community: Local, National and Global in Three Indian Novels Subversive Migrant Labour in Monical Ali’s Brick Lane and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth The Nation and the Indian Tribes: A Diachronic View Notes on Contributors Index
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