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The Resource Politeness and its discontents : problems in French classical culture, Peter France, (electronic book)

Politeness and its discontents : problems in French classical culture, Peter France, (electronic book)

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Politeness and its discontents : problems in French classical culture
Title
Politeness and its discontents
Title remainder
problems in French classical culture
Statement of responsibility
Peter France
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This is a 1992 study of writing of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, mainly in France, but also in Britain and Russia. Its focus is on the establishing and questioning of rational, 'civilized' norms of 'politeness', which in the ancien régime meant not just polite manners, but a certain ideal of society and culture. Within this general context, a series of familiar oppositions, between polite and rude, tame and wild, urban(e) and rustic, élite and popular, adult and child, reason and unreason, gives the initial impetus to enquiries which often show how these opposites interpenetrate, how hierarchies are reversed, and how compromises are sought. Polite society, like polite literature, needs and desires its opposite. The ideal is often the meeting of garden and wilderness, where the savage encounters the civilized and gifts are exchanged. Professor France points to the centrality, but also the vulnerability, in classical culture, of the ideal of 'politeness', and his discussion embraces revolutionary eloquence and enlightened primitivism, the value of hyperbole, and the essay as a form of polite sociability
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UkCbUP
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1935-
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France, Peter
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Cambridge studies in French
Series volume
35
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  • French literature
  • French literature
  • French literature
  • European literature
  • Literature and society
  • Social ethics in literature
  • Courtesy in literature
  • Classicism
  • France
Label
Politeness and its discontents : problems in French classical culture, Peter France, (electronic book)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-237) and index
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9780511551451
Extent
xii, 245 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780521370707
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Type of computer file
PDF
Label
Politeness and its discontents : problems in French classical culture, Peter France, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-237) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9780511551451
Extent
xii, 245 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780521370707
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Type of computer file
PDF

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