Medievalism and manière gothique in Enlightenment France

BookMedievalism and manière gothique in Enlightenment France

Medievalism and manière gothique in Enlightenment France

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2006:05

2006

June 5th, 2006

Access Token
£75.00

Details

Other Formats

Price

Description

Medievalism -the appropriation of elements of medieval culture - has a long history: every century since the sixteenth has remade the Middle Ages in its own image. But different generations look back to the medieval period for different reasons, and each successive generation finds a different 'Middle Ages', a Middle Ages that says more about that generation's own aspirations and anxieties than it does about the medieval period itself.
What does eighteenth-century medievalism tell us about France at the end of the Ancien régime? The cliché is well known: in Enlightenment France, the Middle Ages - those 'temps grossiers' dividing Classical times from the Renaissance - were universally despised as a dark age of bigotry and barbarism. But historical clichés are often the result of reading the past backwards. Relegated to the dust-heap of history by Enlightenment intellectuals, the Middle Ages in fact held a remarkable attraction for readers and audiences of the time. This wide-ranging book charts some aspects of the surprisingly broad influence of medievalism on the scholarship and popular culture of eighteenth-century France.

'This beautifully produced volume is a mine of information for anyone interested in medievalia in eighteenth-century France.'
Medium Aevum

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half Page2
Title Page4
Copyrights Page5
Contents6
List of illustrations8
PETER DAMIAN-GRINT, Introduction: Popular medievalism and nostalgia10
ANGUS MARTIN, ‘Les amours du bon vieux temps’: medieval themes in French prose fiction, 1700-175024
KATHERINE ASTBURY, Masculinity and medievalism in the tales of Baculard d’Arnaud46
LISE ANDRIES, La Bibliothèque bleue et la redécouverte des romans de chevalerie au dix-huitième siècle61
JEAN-PAUL SERMAIN, Le conte de fées classique et le Moyen Age (1690-1712)77
MARIA COLOMBO TIMELLI, Les Mémoires d’Olivier de La Marche dans les Mélanges du marquis de Paulmy95
PETER DAMIAN-GRINT, From Trésor de recherches to Vocabulaire austrasien: Old French dictionaries in France, 1655-1777108
MANUEL COUVREUR, D’Aucassin et Nicolette au Chevalier du soleil: Grétry, Philidor et le roman en romances133
JOHN DUNKLEY, Medieval heroes in Enlightenment disguises: figures from Voltaire and Belloy161
MARTIN NADEAU, ‘Gothic’ kingship on stage in Revolutionary France190
ALBERT M. DEBRUNNER, Citizen Tell: Swiss national hero in eighteenth-century France209
FRANÇOIS PUPIL, L’influence des thèmes médiévaux sur les arts graphiques222
NICHOLAS CRONK, Les ‘Mémoires sur les fabliaux’ de Caylus ´246
ROGER MIDDLETON, Chrétien de Troyes at auction: Nicolas-Joseph Foucault and other eighteenth-century collectors270
ELISABETH LAVEZZI, Le statut du gothique dans le Mémoire sur l’architecture gothique de J. G. Soufflot293
JENNY GRAHAM, The ‘manière Gottique’: Jean-Baptiste Descamps and the revival of early Netherlandish art in eighteenth-century France309
URSULA HASKINS GONTHIER, Montesquieu’s De la manière gothique, or Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des arts et de leur décadence344
XAVIER BISARO et PHILIPPE VENDRIX, La musique du Moyen Age au siècle des Lumières: érudition, redécouvertes et interprétations356
Summaries376
List of works cited382
Index402