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Author Datta, Venita, 1961-

Title Heroes and legends of fin-de-siècle France [electronic resource] : gender, politics, and national identity / Venita Datta.

Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.


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 Axe ProQuest E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description xi, 264 p. : ill.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-254) and index.
Contents Introduction : the fin-de-siècle cult of heroes -- 1. Gender, class, and heroism in the Bazar de la Charité fire of 1897 -- 2. Cyrano : a hero for the fin de siècle? -- 3. 'L'appel au soldat' : visions of the Napoleonic legend in popular culture -- 4. On the boulevards : representations of Joan of Arc in the popular theater -- 5. Opium, gambling, and the demimondaine : the Ullmo spy case of 1907-1908 -- Conclusion : from one war to the next : the end of heroes?.
Summary "In Heroes and Legends of Fin-de-Siècle France Venita Datta examines representations of fictional and real heroes in the boulevard theater and mass press during the fin de siècle (1880-1914), illuminating the role of gender in the construction of national identity during this formative period of French history. The popularity of the heroic cult at this time was in part the result of defeat in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, as well as a reaction to changing gender roles and collective guilt about the egoism and selfishness of modern consumer culture. The author analyzes representations of historical figures in the theater, focusing on Cyrano de Bergerac, Napoleon and Joan of Arc, and examines the press coverage of heroes and anti-heroes in the Bazar de la Charite; fire of 1897 and the Ullmo spy case of 1907"-- Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Heroes -- France -- History.
Women heroes -- France -- History.
Nationalism -- France -- History.
Sex role -- France -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author ProQuest (Firm)
ISBN 9780521195959 (hardback)
9780521186520 (pbk.)
0521186528 (pbk.)
9781139079891 (e-book)

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