Great Cat Massacre

ISBN-10: 0394729277
ISBN-13: 9780394729275
Edition: N/A
Authors: Robert Darnton
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/12/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730's held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomime some twenty times? Why in the 18th century version of "Little Red Riding Hood" did the wolf eat the child at the end? What did the anonymous townsman of Montpelier have in mind when he kept an exhaustive dossier on all the activities of his native city? These are some of the provocative questions Robert Darnton attempts to answer in this dazzling series of essays that probe the ways of thought in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment."

Robert Darnton is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and the director of the University Library at Harvard University. His honors include a MacArthur Prize, the National Humanities Medal, and election to the French Legion of Honor. He is the author of The Great Cat Massacre and The Forbidden Bestsellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Peasants Tell Tales: The Meaning of Mother Goose
Workers Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint-Severin
A Bourgeois Puts His World in Order: The City as a Text
A Police Inspector Sorts His Files: The Anatomy of the Republic of Letters
Philosophers Trim the Tree of Knowledge: The Epistemological Strategy of the Encyclopedie
Readers Respond to Rousseau: The Fabrication of Romantic Sensitivity
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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