Race Lines and the Rhetoric of Distinction through the Académie française
Acknowlegments ix Introduction 1 Chapter 1–The Académie française: Theory of Uniqueness, Mystique of Attraction and Tests of Worth 13 History of the Académie française and its Influence outside of France 20 The Power of the Academic Myth and the Reality of its Pursuit 23 Chapter 2–The Académie française and Indirect Exclusions 29 Class matters 29 Gender matters 30 Ethnicity and Religion matter 38 Nationality matters 46 Ideology and Politics matter 47 Chapter 3–Literal Exclusions: From Academically Exclusive to Social Disgrace 63 Chapter 4–The Dictionnaire de l’Académie and its Meaning 69 Chapter 5–The Académie and Frenchness before the 18th-Century 73 Chapter 6– Heritage of the Academic Accomplishments: The 17th-Century in the Rhetoric of French Uniqueness and Purity in the 20th 97 Chapter 7–The Académie, Europe and the Colonial Rhetoric on Race Separation 119 Contents viii Chapter 8–The 18th-Century: Philosophers and Church Men in the Académie 133 Key Agents of the Enlightenment in the 18th-Century Académie: Saint-Pierre, Montesquieu, Voltaire 136 Consequences of the 18th-Century “Europe française”: Influence of the Académie française and outside Reactions to it 141 Economy of the Struggles in the Académie before the Revolution and Developments Thereafter 148 Defending the Anciens beyond the Revolution into the Empire: the Case of abbé (later Cardinal) Maury 156 Chapter 9–The 19th-Century: Modern Imperialism and Academic Discourse 161 Hugo on Napoleon 163 Alfred de Vigny: Challenger of the Académie...
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