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Author Foss, Colin, author.

Title The culture of war : literature of the siege of Paris 1870-1871 / Colin Foss.

Imprint Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, [2020]

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 236 pages).
Series Studies in modern and contemporary France ; 6
Studies in modern and contemporary France ; 6.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical reference and index.
Summary "The Culture of War explores the unexpected flourishing of literature both high and low during the Siege of Paris at the end of the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871. When Prussian forces completely blockaded Paris, isolating the city from the outside world, Parisians turned to literature to resist the enemy, to fill the idle hours under siege, and to articulate their place in history. This cultural boom was a conscious effort on the part of literary institutions like newspapers, publishers, and theaters to ensure the viability of their industries during a period of political uncertainty. To do so, many publishers, editors, and directors sought legitimacy through populism, promoting literature written by anonymous and unknown authors or that spoke to populist ideas. A study of national tragedy on a local scale, The Culture of War goes beyond traditional narratives of communal or individual psychology, and studies institutional responses to financial and political instability, viewing literature as a product of economic and political forces."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I: On Stage -- 1. The Boulevards Lose their Theaters -- 2. Hugomania -- Part II: Off Presses -- 3. The Feuilleton at War -- 4. The Dubious Battle of Reichshoffen -- Part III: At Home -- 5. Letters to No One -- 6. Historians of the Present -- Part IV: In Print -- 7. De-Modernizing Publishing -- 8. To Make the Past Public -- Coda: The Siege and State Violence -- Bibliography -- Index
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Subject Books and reading -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and society -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century.
Book industries and trade -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century.
French literature -- France -- Paris -- History and criticism.
Paris (France) -- History -- Siege, 1870-1871.
Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Book industries and trade.
Books and reading.
French literature.
Literature and society.
Manners and customs.
France -- Paris.
Siege of Paris (Paris, France : 1870-1871)
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: 1789621925 9781789621921 (OCoLC)1153025556
ISBN 9781789627718 (electronic bk.)
1789627710 (electronic bk.)