Rochefort: The Family Romance of the French Pacific


in Empire of Love

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162950
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199867660 | DOI:
Rochefort: The Family Romance of the French Pacific

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This chapter sets the stage by initially following the career and works of French naval officer and writer, Pierre Loti, and his powerful French Third Republic patron, Juliette Adam, as they “romance” a popular overseas empire that for both reflects back upon their highly emotional ideas of the nation. The narrative moves between the naval port town of Rochefort, where Loti created a fantastic, Orientalist personal estate, and the politics and literary salons of Paris, where a romantic idea of empire is created in stories for patriotic, national consumption.

Keywords: Pierre Loti; Juliette Adam; exoticism; orientalism; French literature; nationalism; patriotism

Chapter.  10301 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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