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Introduction The Commune and the Right to Confusion

Peter Starr

in Commemorating Trauma

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226030
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240920 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823226030.003.0001
Introduction The Commune and the Right to Confusion

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The principal aim of this book is to examine the function of confusion in a body of French fiction defined by that historical moment which includes the Franco-Prussian War, the Paris Commune, and the first decade of the Third Republic. When one evokes the confusions that resulted from such massive tectonic shifts as the breakdown of an inherited class structure or the development, under the twin pressures of capitalism and revolutionary experience, of a functionally modern conception of the crowd, one intends a state of phenomena whose elements “are mixed to such an extent that it is impossible to distinguish among them.”

Keywords: Franco-Prussian War; Paris Commune; Third Republic; confusion; class structure; capitalism; revolutionary experience

Chapter.  4861 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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