After the Deluge: New Perspectives on the Intellectual and Cultural History of Postwar France (After the Empire: The Francophone World & Postcolonial

After the Deluge: New Perspectives on the Intellectual and Cultural History of Postwar France (After the Empire: The Francophone World & Postcolonial

By: Julian Bourg (editor), Michael Behrent (contributor), Haas Haas (contributor), Michael Scott Christofferson (contributor), Francois Dosse (contributor), Lucia Bonfreschi (contributor), Gallois Gallois (contributor), Stuart Elden (contributor), Warren Breckman (contributor), David Berry (contributor)Paperback

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Madame de Pompadour's famous quip, 'Apr_s nous, le deluge,' serves as fitting inspiration for this lively discussion of postwar French intellectual and cultural life. Over the past thirty years, North American and European scholarship has been significantly transformed by the absorption of poststructuralist and postmodernist theories from French thinkers. But Julian Bourg's seamlessly edited volume proves that, historically speaking, French intellecutal and cultural life since World War Two has involved much more than a few infamous figures and concepts. Motivated by a desire to narrate and contextualize the deluge of 'French theory,' After the Deluge showcases recent work by today's brightest scholars of French intellectual history that historicizes key debates, figures, and turning points in the postwar era of French thought. Relying on primary and archival sources, contributors examine, among other themes: left-wing critiques of the Left, the internationalizing of thought, the institutional and affective conditions of cultural life, and the religious imagination. They revive neglected debates and figures, and they explore the larger impact of political quarrels. In an afterword, preeminent French historian Fran_ois Dosse heralds the arrival of a new generation, a historiographical sensibility that brings fresh, original perspectives and a passion for French history to the contemporary French intellectual arena. After the Deluge adds significant depth and breadth to our understanding of postwar French intellectual and cultural history.

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Julian Bourg is Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis.


Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Is There Such a Thing as "French Philosophy?" or Why do We Read the French So Badly? Chapter 3 Against Capitalism? French Theory and the Economy after 1945 Chapter 4 The Post-Marx of the Letter Chapter 5 A New Generation of Greek Intellectuals in Postwar France Chapter 6 Kostas Axelos and the World of the Arguments Circle Chapter 7 "Un contradicteur permanent:" The Ideological and Political Itinerary of Daniel Guerin Chapter 8 Guy Hocquenghem and the Cultural Revolution in France after May 1968 Chapter 9 The Myth of Emmanuel Levinas Chapter 10 Raymond Aron: Nationalism and Supranationalism in the Years Following the Second World War Chapter 11 French Intellectuals ant the Repression of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956: The Politics of a Protest Reconsidered Chapter 12 From l'Univers Concentrationnaire to the Jewish Genocide: Pierre Vidal-Naquet and the Treblinka Controversy Chapter 13 French Cultural Policy in Question, 1981-2003 Chapter 14 Religion, Republicanism, and Depoliticization: Two Intellectual Itineraries-Regis Debray and Marcel Gauchet Chapter 15 Afterword: For Intellectual History

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  • publication date: 17/11/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780739107928
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 434
  • ID: 9780739107928
  • weight: 635
  • ISBN10: 0739107925

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