The 14 studies in this volume are a collective demonstration of the flexibility and tenacity of the "Fin de Siecle" theme. Studies of literature and film are mixed with sociological and historical enquiries, providing an overview of the concept in its various manifestations and offering a range of insights.
Part 1 Inclusion and exclusion - (re)defining boundaries: "laicite" and its permutations at the "fin(s) de siecle", Jean Baiberot; intellectuals, demonization and exclusion in the Dreyfus affair and "l'affaire du foulard", David Drake; the younger generation - a "fin de siecle" concern, Denis Pernot; "fin de siecle" feminism - the "mouvement pour la parite", Jane Freedman. Part 2 Gender, identity, sexuality: "la fronde" - "fin de siecle" feminism at the dawn of a new era, Maire Cross; the politics of romance - popular romantic fiction at the "fin de siecle", Diana Holmer; transgressive masquerades? "Gazon maudit" (1995) and "Pedale douce" (1996), Brigitte Rollet; writing AIDS in France -poeticizing or politicizing the "fin de siecle", Owen Heathcote. Part 3 Past and future: decadence and renascence - Louis Bertrand and the concept of "rebarbarization" in "fin de siecle" Algeria, Patricia Lorcin; the "fin de siecle" - reception and understanding of "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "Ubu roi", Anthony Simons; the "Belle epoque" films of Jean Renoir, Martin O'Shaughnessy; forward to the past - Patrick Modiano's "Du plus loin de l'oubli", John Flower. Part 4 Cultural and economic opportunities: France, cultural policy and identity at the "fin de siecle" - the opportunities of the European Union, Louise Strode; facing up to globalization -Franco-German industrial cooperation at the "fin de siecle", Jean-Marc Trouille.