Contemporary French Cultural Studies

ISBN-10: 0340740507

ISBN-13: 9780340740507

Edition: 2000

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Description: The study of French culture has long ceased to be purely centred on literature. Undergraduate French courses now embrace all forms of cultural production and consumption, and students need to have a broad knowledge of everything from day-time TV and the latest detective novels to debates about national identity and immigration policies. This stimulating text is an introduction to the full range of contemporary French culture. Written by a group of leading academics both within and outside France, each chapter focuses on a topic from the French cultural scene today. Starting with an overview of resources for further information (both in print and online), the text discusses the varied forms of French cultural expression and looks critically at what 'Frenchness' itself means. The book also explores examples of cultural production ranging from sport, media and literature to theatre, cinema, festivals and music. An essential resource for students and scholars alike, this text provides detailed material and analysis, as well as a launch-pad for further study.

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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/25/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction: to the reader
France @ your fingertips: print and on-line resources
How the French present is shaped by the past: the last hundred years in historical perspective
French cultural policy: the special role of the state
French education: equal or elitist?
Social difference: age and place
Sexual fault lines: sex and gender in the cultural context
The challenges of multiculturalism: regional and religious differences in France today
French political culture: homogeneous or fragmented?
If it isn't clear, it isn't French: language and identity
French public culture: places and spaces
Frenchness: constructed and reconstructed
Sport and identity in the new France
Advertising culture in France: no Coca-Cola please, we're French!
A night at the theatre
Cinema in a nation of filmgoers
Festivals and fetes populaires
From press barons to digital TV: changing media in France
From Messiaen to MC Solaar: music in France in the second half of the twentieth century
Reading books in France: la culture du livre
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