Medievalism and manière gothique in Enlightenment France

Edited by Peter Damian-Grint

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ISBN: 9780729408790

Publication: June 5, 2006

Series: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2006:05

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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.

List of illustrations

Peter Damian-Grint, Introduction: Popular medievalism and nostalgia

Angus Martin, ‘Les amours du bon vieux temps’: medieval themes in French prose fiction, 1700-1750

Katherine Astbury, Masculinity and medievalism in the tales of Baculard d’Arnaud

Lise Andries, La Bibliothèque bleue et la redécouverte des romans de chevalerie au dix-huitième siècle

Jean-Paul Sermain, Le conte de fées classique et le Moyen Age (1690-1712)

Maria Colombo Timelli, Les Mémoires d’Olivier de La Marche dans les Mélanges du marquis de Paulmy

Peter Damian-Grint, From Trésor de recherches to Vocabulaire austrasien: Old French dictionaries in France, 1655-1777

Manuel Couvreur, D’Aucassin et Nicolette au Chevalier du soleil: Grétry, Philidor et le roman en romances

John Dunkley, Medieval heroes in Enlightenment disguises: figures from Voltaire and Belloy

Martin Nadeau, ‘Gothic’ kingship on stage in Revolutionary France

Albert M. Debrunner, Citizen Tell: Swiss national hero in eighteenth-century France

François Pupil, L’influence des thèmes médiévaux sur les arts graphiques

Nicholas Cronk, Les ‘Mémoires sur les fabliaux’ de Caylus

Roger Middleton, Chrétien de Troyes at auction: Nicolas-Joseph Foucault and other eighteenth-century collectors

Elisabeth Lavezzi, Le statut du gothique dans le Mémoire sur l’architecture gothique de J. G. Soufflot

Jenny Graham, The ‘manière Gottique’: Jean-Baptiste Descamps and the revival of early Netherlandish art in eighteenth-century France

Ursula Haskins Gonthier, Montesquieu’s De la manière gothique, or Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des arts et de leur décadence

Xavier Bisaro et Philippe Vendrix, La musique du Moyen Age au siècle des Lumières: érudition et redécouvertes et interprétations 

Summaries

List of works cited

Index

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


 

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

429 Pages

Copyright: © 2006

ISBN: 9780729408790

Publication: June 5, 2006

Series: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2006:05

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