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French Cinema and the Great War: Remembrance and Representation

by guest contributors Marcelline Block and Barry Nevin World War I represented a loss of youth, innocence and ideals unparalleled in the twentieth century. Its initiation of mechanized murder and trench warfare laid waste to patriotic ideals, dismantled empires across… Continue Reading →

Sensual Charters

by contributing editor Jake Purcell I share with JHI Blog editor John Raimo a buzzing affection for philology. On the one hand, it’s a tool I feel I need desperately, helping me to tease out how such fickle things as… Continue Reading →

The “Conquest of the Sun” and Ideas about Energy

by contributing editor Carolyn Taratko In late summer of 1878, a visitor strolling the park at Trocadéro on a sunny day during the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris would have encountered an enormous silver-plated cone. Twenty-four square meters of reflective… Continue Reading →

New Grounds, New Voices: Postwar Politics and Economics

by guest contributor Eric Brandom The Western Society for French History meeting is always rewarding, and this year in Chicago did not prove an exception. “Searching for New Ground: Re-Evaluating the Theoretical Foundations of Politics and Economics in Postwar France,”… Continue Reading →

Violence as Legal Argument in Eleventh-Century France

by guest contributor Matthew McHaffie Eleventh-century France is often described as a feuding society, where social and cultural attitudes towards violence found their meanings in feud and vengeance. From tit-for-tat revenge killings, to conflicts between lords competing for resources, to… Continue Reading →

Progressive Past, Conservative Present: Surpassing Art Historical Genres in a Late Medieval Book of Hours

by guest contributor Matthias Pfaller The Bedford Book of Hours, illustrated by the most capable artists of Paris of the fifteenth century, is one of the most splendid of late-medieval illuminated manuscripts, and one of the most famous pieces in… Continue Reading →

Accessing the Secrets of Early Medieval Relic Labels

by guest contributor Jake Purcell Sometime in the eighth century, a nun sat at her writing desk in the scriptorium of the monastery at Chelles and cut a small strip of parchment measuring about 90 by 15/22 millimeters. In a… Continue Reading →

Commercializing Opera through Paris’ First Musical Periodical

By guest contributor Saraswathi Shukla The first periodical to successfully distribute musical scores to the French public was founded in 1762 and continued under different names by different editors through the French Revolution (Bruce Gustafson and David Fuller, A Catalogue… Continue Reading →

The French Reformer and the Church of England: The Limits of Early Modern Ecumenism

by Madeline McMahon Pierre Du Moulin (1568 – 1658) was, paradoxically, an irenic and ecumenical controversialist. As a prominent minister in the French reformed church, Du Moulin wrote almost one hundred polemical pamphlets and books against Protestants and Catholics alike… Continue Reading →

Marcel Schwob and Moody History

by guest contributor Dylan Kenny Everyone in Paris knew Marcel Schwob (1867-1905). Journalist, critic, slang philologist, decadent symbolist fabulist, whose French Hamlet Sarah Bernhardt acted in 1899, whose 1904 lectures on François Villon were attended by Max Jacob and his… Continue Reading →

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