Realms of Memory (Volume 1) ePub, PDF Available

Realms of Memory (Volume 1)

Realms of Memory (Volume 1) [PDF]

A monumental collective endevour by some of France's most distinguished intellectuals, "Realms of Memory" explores how and why certain places, events, and figures became a part of France's collective memory, and reveals the intricate connection between memory and history. "Symbols," the third and final volume, is the culmination of the work begun in "Conflicts and Divisions "and "Traditions."Pierre Nora inaugurates this final volume by acknowledging that the whole project of Realms of Memory is oriented around symbols, claiming "only a symbolic history can restore to France the unity and dynamism not recognized by either the man in the street or the academic historian." He goes on to distinguish between two very different types of symbols - imposed and constructed. Imposed symbols may be official state emblems like the tricolor flag or 'La Marsaillaise', or may be monuments like the Eiffel Tower - symbols imbued with a sense of history. COnstructes symbols are produced over the passage of time, by human effort, and by history itself.They include figures such as Joan d'Arc, Descartes, and the Gallic cock.Past I, Emblems, traces the development of four major national symbols from the time of the Revolution: the tricolor flag, the national anthem (La Marsaillaise), the motto Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" and Bastille Day. Far from having fixed identities, these representations of the French nations are shown to have undergone transformations. As French republics rose and regimes changed, the emblems of the French state - and the meanings accosiated with them - were also altered.Part II, Major Sites, focuses on those cities and structures that act as beacons of France to both Frenchman and foreigner. These essays range from the prehistory paintings in Lascaux - that cave which, though not originally French in any sense, has become the very symbol of France's immemorial national memory - to Verdun, the site of the terrible World War I battle, now a symbol of the nation's heaviest sacrifice for the "salvation of the fatehrland" and the most powerful image of French national unity.Identifications, the final section, explores the ways in which the French think of themselves. From the cock - that "rustic and quintessentially Gallic bird" - to the figures of Joan of Arc and Descartes, to the nation's twin hearts - Paris and the French language - the memory of the French people is explored.This final installment of Realms of Memory provides a major contribution not only to study the French nation and culture, but also to the study of symbols as cultural phenomena, offering, as Nora observes, "the possibility of revelation."

Download Realms of Memory (Volume 1) [PDF]

FilenameFilesizeLibrary sourceDownload link
realms_of_memory_volume_1.epub7,0 Mb«United GOV»
79692_realms_of_memory_volume_1.pdf0,0 MbeBooks unLimited
realms_of_memory_volume_1_[screamy_books].doc13,6 MbScreamy books
screamy_books-realms_of_memory_volume_1.zip14,1 MbScreamy books

Related eBooks

Top Rated

  • Realms 2

    Selected from the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-nominated Clarkesworld Magazine, Realms 2 collects...
  • Realms of Shadow

    After averting Armageddon, Jordan Hanson thought life would get easier, but in fact it was just the...
  • The Hidden Realms

    The book was entertaining, fast-paced, and fun. It was not well written, often becoming bland,...
  • Spectral Realms No. 1

    The last few decades have seen a remarkable efflorescence of weird poetry, to such a degree that we...
  • Realms of Dragons

    This lavishly illustrated work is the first and only definitive reference to the fantasy worlds of...
  • Grizzly (The Realms, #1)

    One Alpha shape-shifting bear.Plus one geeky computer girl.Equals an explosive mated...
  • Sacred Realms

    "Sacred Realms is a comprehensive introduction to the anthropology of religion. After an...
  • Realms of Darkness

    Black magic, the bizarre and the gruesome lend a terrifying appearance to every aspect of life in...
  • DEMIHUMANS OF THE REALMS

    Is your Forgotten Realms character an elf? A Dwarf? Maybe a gnome? Perhaps, yet that doesn't really...
  • Realms of the Russian Bear

    The sheer size of the former USSR defies the imagination. It covers one-sixth of the total land...