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Document Type

Book Chapter

Department/Program

Modern Languages & Literatures

Publication Date

Summer 2019

Book Title

Teaching Representations of the French Revolution

Publisher

MLA

Editor

Julia Douthwaite Viglione, Antoinette Sol, Catriona Seth

First Page

197

Last Page

205

Abstract

In many ways the French Revolution—a series of revolutions, in fact, whose end has arguably not yet arrived—is modernity in action. Beginning in reform, it blossomed into wholesale attempts to remake society, uprooting the clergy and aristocracy, valorizing mass movements, and setting secular ideologies, including nationalism, in motion. Unusually manifold and complicated, the revolution affords many teaching opportunities and challenges. This volume helps instructors seeking to connect developments today—terrorism, propaganda, extremism—with the events that began in 1789, contextualizing for students a world that seems always unmoored and in crisis.

The volume supports the teaching of the revolution’s ongoing project across geographic areas (from Haiti, Latin America, and New Orleans to Spain, Germany, and Greece), governing ideologies (human rights, secularism, liberty), and literatures (from well-known to newly rediscovered texts). Interdisciplinary, intercultural, and insurgent, the volume has an energy that reflects its subject.

ISBN

9781603294003

Ideas on the Table: Teaching with the Faïences Révolutionnaires

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