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The body politic : corporeal metaphor in revolutionary France, 1770-1800 / Antoine de Baecque ; translated by Charlotte Mandell.

By: Baecque, Antoine de.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Mestizo spaces: Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1997Description: xvi, 363 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0804728151 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780804728157 (cloth : alk. paper); 0804728178 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780804728171 (pbk. : alk. paper).Uniform titles: Corps de l'histoire. English Subject(s): France -- Politics and government -- 18th century -- Historiography | Human body -- Symbolic aspects -- France | Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793 -- Death and burial -- Symbolic aspects | France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Art and the revolutionDDC classification: 944/.035 LOC classification: DC136.5 | .B3413 1997Other classification: 15.70 | IG 1040 | NN 7300 | NO 3200
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-357) and index.

Translated from the French.

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Fran,cois Furet and Denis Richet, two of the greatest historians of the French Revolution, once wrote that "men make history, but they do not always know the history that they are making." Such a conclusion might inform yet another study on "revolutionary discourse." De Baecque (Univ. of San Quentin, Yvelynes, France) has examined more than 2,000 texts of the French Revolutionary period to recount how bodily images were used by writers and artists. His work possesses many of the strengths as well as the weaknesses of interdisciplinary studies, combining astonishing insights with maddeningly obtuse thought; the text is often laced with the patois of various disciplines. De Baecque traces such themes as the "representation of the body as an anthropomorphic symbol of the political system, the metaphorical representation of the body as a tool of discourse for persuasion," and the use of the body in public ceremonies. Important moments in revolutionary history are viewed through this prism of bodily metaphor, and the mentalite of those using this corporeal image is asserted and explored. Specialists will find this alternately fascinating and, frankly, heavy going. Graduate, faculty. G. P. Cox; Gordon College

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Antoine de Baecque is Professor at the University of Saint Quentin in Yvelynes, France.

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