Blood in the City
Violence and Revelation in Paris, 1789-1945
By (author) Richard D. E. Burton
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Blood in the City by Richard D. E. Burton
Book DescriptionThe Terror of 1793-94, the Paris Commune of 1871, the Dreyfus Affair-explosions of violence punctuated French history from the start of the Revolution until the Liberation at the close of World War II. The distinguished scholar Richard D. E. Burton here offers a stunningly original account of these outbursts, concluding that recourse to political violence was not occasional and abnormal, but rather the usual pattern, in French history. Instead of adhering to conventional chronological lines, Blood in the City is structured topologically around a number of major Parisian "sites of memory," including Place de la Concorde, Sacre Coeur, and the Eiffel Tower. For thirty years Burton has visited and revisited Paris, criss-crossing the streets on foot, and lived with great nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary depictions of the city. Drawing on historical, literary, visual, anthropological, and psychological sources, he develops a wide-ranging account of violence in modern French politics. In so doing, he provides powerful insights into political violence, scapegoating, the idea of sacrifice, and the widespread French obsession with conspiracy. Burton demonstrates that time and again the same basic scenario has been acted out on the streets of Paris: one or more people would be singled out from the community and imprisoned, exiled, or, more often, subjected to violence by the crowd or the state. In particular, he explores how Catholicism-in its extreme, ultrareactionary form-shaped the worldviews of Parisians and how the killing of a sacrificial victim came to be seen as a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801438684
(235mm x 156mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard D. E. Burton
Olivier Messiaen, Hardback (September 2016)
French Literature scholar Richard Burton takes a wider cultural view of Messiaen's life and work than any previously published, embracing his particular brand of Roman Catholicism, his wide biblical reading and his relationship with other artists such as Frank Martin and Jean Cocteau.
Flaneur and His City, Paperback (November 2009)
Presents a 'Flaneur's eye view' of Parisian life in the first half of the nineteenth century: dress, cafes and restaurants, but also shops and passages, the omnibus, bals publics and carnival. This book provides general conclusions about the private and public spheres in 'le vieux Paris'.
Baudelaire in 1859, Paperback (June 2009)
This book is an intensive study of what was by far the most productive year in Baudelaire's literary career.
Holy Tears, Holy Blood, Hardback (March 2004)» View all books by Richard D. E. Burton
In Holy Tears, Holy Blood, Richard D. E. Burton continues his investigation of Catholic France from Revolution to Liberation. From his focus in Blood in the City on public demonstrations of the cultural power of Catholicism, he now turns to more...
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