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A History of Virility (Paperback): Alain Corbin, Jean-Jacques Courtine, Georges Vigarello A History of Virility (Paperback)
Alain Corbin, Jean-Jacques Courtine, Georges Vigarello; Translated by Keith Cohen
R705 R627 Discovery Miles 6 270 Save R78 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How has the meaning of manhood changed over time? A History of Virility proposes a series of answers to this question by describing a trajectory that begins with ancient conceptions of male domination and privilege and examining how it persisted, with significant alterations, for centuries. While the mainstream of virility was challenged during the Enlightenment, its preeminence was restored by social forms of male bonding in the nineteenth century. Pacifist, feminist, and gay rights movements chipped away at models and codes of virility during the next hundred years, leading to the twentieth century's disclosing of a "virility on edge," or virility as an unstable entity dispossessed of any automatic claim to power. These original essays, written by an international group of scholars including Arlette Farge, Jean-Paul Bertaud, Christelle Taraud, and Fabrice Virgili, add an intriguing sociohistorical dimension to our understanding of the evolution of virility. Unsettling received notions of political and cultural critique, these authors consider painting, sculpture, literature, film, and philosophy to expand our knowledge of fascism, nationalism, liberalism, classicism, and colonialism.

A History of Silence - From the Renaissance to the Present Day (Paperback): Alain Corbin A History of Silence - From the Renaissance to the Present Day (Paperback)
Alain Corbin; Translated by Jean Birrell
R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Silence is not simply the absence of noise. It is within us, in the inner citadel that great writers, thinkers, scholars and people of faith have cultivated over the centuries. It characterizes our most intimate and sacred spaces, from private bedrooms to grand cathedrals - those vast reservoirs of silence. Philosophers and novelists have long sought solitude and inspiration in mountains and forests. Yet despite the centrality of silence to some of our most intense experiences, the transformations of the twentieth century have gradually diminished its value. Today, raucous urban spaces and a continual bombardment from different media pressure us into constant activity. We are losing a sense of our inner selves, a process that is changing the very nature of the individual. This book rediscovers the wonder of silence and, with this, a richer experience of life. With his predilection for the elusive, Corbin calls us to listen to another history.

A History of Virility (Hardcover): Alain Corbin, Jean-Jacques Courtine, Georges Vigarello A History of Virility (Hardcover)
Alain Corbin, Jean-Jacques Courtine, Georges Vigarello; Translated by Keith Cohen
R1,146 R966 Discovery Miles 9 660 Save R180 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How has the meaning of manhood changed over time? A History of Virility proposes a series of answers to this question by describing a trajectory that begins with ancient conceptions of male domination and privilege and examining how it persisted, with significant alterations, for centuries. While the mainstream of virility was challenged during the Enlightenment, its preeminence was restored by social forms of male bonding in the nineteenth century. Pacifist, feminist, and gay rights movements chipped away at models and codes of virility during the next hundred years, leading to the twentieth century's disclosing of a "virility on edge," or virility as an unstable entity dispossessed of any automatic claim to power. These original essays, written by an international group of scholars including Arlette Farge, Jean-Paul Bertaud, Christelle Taraud, and Fabrice Virgili, add an intriguing sociohistorical dimension to our understanding of the evolution of virility. Unsettling received notions of political and cultural critique, these authors consider painting, sculpture, literature, film, and philosophy to expand our knowledge of fascism, nationalism, liberalism, classicism, and colonialism.

A History of Silence - From the Renaissance to the Present Day (Hardcover): Alain Corbin A History of Silence - From the Renaissance to the Present Day (Hardcover)
Alain Corbin; Translated by Jean Birrell
R1,250 R1,143 Discovery Miles 11 430 Save R107 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Silence is not simply the absence of noise. It is within us, in the inner citadel that great writers, thinkers, scholars and people of faith have cultivated over the centuries. It characterizes our most intimate and sacred spaces, from private bedrooms to grand cathedrals - those vast reservoirs of silence. Philosophers and novelists have long sought solitude and inspiration in mountains and forests. Yet despite the centrality of silence to some of our most intense experiences, the transformations of the twentieth century have gradually diminished its value. Today, raucous urban spaces and a continual bombardment from different media pressure us into constant activity. We are losing a sense of our inner selves, a process that is changing the very nature of the individual. This book rediscovers the wonder of silence and, with this, a richer experience of life. With his predilection for the elusive, Corbin calls us to listen to another history.

Time, Desire and Horror - Towards a History of the Senses (Hardcover): Alain Corbin Time, Desire and Horror - Towards a History of the Senses (Hardcover)
Alain Corbin
R1,269 R1,163 Discovery Miles 11 630 Save R106 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Alain Corbin is one of the foremost social and cultural historians in Europe today. In this elegant and lucid study he argues that the 1860s were a crucial period for western civilization, characterized by radical changes in the way Europeans viewed themselves and their world. Focusing on France, Corbin shows how order was imposed on the urban space of its capital city, with the creation of great boulevards, airy apartment buildings, parks, lights and sewers. The whole of the country, he claims, was deeply affected by the new mobility of its population, and by the more rapid circulation of commodities and information. Using the example of prostitution, he describes the way in which new modes of social control and policing emerged. Throughout the period, he suggests, there developed a new concern for the self and the body, for the fashioning of appearances and all things intimate. Corbin argues that attention to personal hygiene now became a requirement, and biological anxiety was focused on the three social plagues of alcoholism, tuberculosis and venereal disease. Finally, he argues that, with the increase in the speed of travel and communication, marked changes took place in Europeans' conception of time, and in particular their desire for free time, time to oneself. The book will be welcomed by students and researchers in the social and cultural history of Europe, and of early modern France in particular.

The Life of an Unknown - The Rediscovered World of a Clog Maker in Nineteenth-Century France (Hardcover): Alain Corbin The Life of an Unknown - The Rediscovered World of a Clog Maker in Nineteenth-Century France (Hardcover)
Alain Corbin
R1,373 R1,207 Discovery Miles 12 070 Save R166 (12%) Out of stock

""My task is piecing together a puzzle... I hope to reconstitute the existence of a person whose memory has been abolished.... I want to re-create him, to give him a second chance... to become part of the memory of his century." "

With these words, Alain Corbin embarks on a journey that is part history and part metaphysics: recreating the life and world of a man about whom nothing is known except for his entries in the civil registries and historical knowledge about the times in which he lived. Risen from death and utter obscurity is Louis-Fran?ois Pinagot, a forester and clog maker who lived during the heart of the nineteenth century -- the age of Romanticism, of Hugo and Berlioz -- from the Napoleonic Wars to the Third Republic.

The result is a fascinating picture of the way people lived along the forest's edge during this tumultuous and eventful time in the history of France -- and of the world. How did the residents of this unique community live and work together? How did life in the village differ from life in the forest? How did the church and various governments of France affect the everyday lives of these people, and of Pinagot in particular? With "The Life of an Unknown, "Alain Corbin presents a full record of a life, comprised of supposition, with room for each reader to insert his/her own imaginings onto the scene.

Ambitious in its aims and exquisite in its execution, "The Life of an Unknown "is nothing short of a bold and successful attempt by a master to correct historians' all-too-common neglect of those relegated to oblivion with the passage of time.

Invention Du Xixe Siecle (L') Offre Speciale Pour Les 2 Volumes (French, Paperback): Alain Corbin, Pierre Georgel,... Invention Du Xixe Siecle (L') Offre Speciale Pour Les 2 Volumes (French, Paperback)
Alain Corbin, Pierre Georgel, Stephane Guegan, Monique Michaud, Judith Milner, …
R1,352 Discovery Miles 13 520 Out of stock
1515 Et Les Grandes Dates De L'histoire De France (Paperback): Alain Corbin 1515 Et Les Grandes Dates De L'histoire De France (Paperback)
Alain Corbin
R682 R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Save R140 (21%) Out of stock
Mer. Terreur Et Fascination(la) (Paperback): Alain Corbin Mer. Terreur Et Fascination(la) (Paperback)
Alain Corbin
R485 R444 Discovery Miles 4 440 Save R41 (8%) Out of stock
L'Invention Du Xixe Siecle - Le Xixe Siecle Par Lui-Meme (Litterature, Histoire, Societe): [colloque International, Paris,... L'Invention Du Xixe Siecle - Le Xixe Siecle Par Lui-Meme (Litterature, Histoire, Societe): [colloque International, Paris, Musee d'Orsay, La Sorbonne, 11-13 Decembre 1997] (French, Hardcover)
Alain Corbin, Pierre Georgel, Stephane Guegan, Monique Michaud, Judith Milner, …
R1,215 Discovery Miles 12 150 Out of stock
The Village of Cannibals - Rage and Murder in France, 1870 (Paperback, Reprinted edition): Alain Corbin The Village of Cannibals - Rage and Murder in France, 1870 (Paperback, Reprinted edition)
Alain Corbin; Translated by Arthur Goldhammer
R560 R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Save R73 (13%) Out of stock

In August 1870, during a fair in the isolated French village of Hautefaye, a gruesome murder was committed in broad daylight that aroused the indignation of the entire country. A young nobleman, falsely accused of shouting republican slogans, was savagely tortured for hours by a mob of peasants who later burned him alive. Rumors of cannibalism stirred public fascination, and the details of the case were dramatically recounted in the popular press. While the crime was rife with political significance, the official inquiry focused on its brutality. Justice was swift: the mob's alleged ringleaders were guillotined at the scene of the crime the following winter. The Village of Cannibals is a fascinating inquiry by historian Alain Corbin into the social and political ingredients of an alchemy that transformed ordinary people into executioners in nineteenth-century France. Corbin's chronicle of the killing is significant for the new light it sheds on the final eruption of peasant rage in France to end in murder. No other author has investigated this harrowing event in such depth or brought to its study such a wealth of perspectives. Corbin explores incidents of public violence during and after the French Revolution and illustrates how earlier episodes in France's history provide insight into the mob's methods and choice of victim. He describes in detail the peasants' perception of the political landscape and the climate of fear that fueled their anxiety and ignited long-smoldering hatreds. Drawing on the minutes of court proceedings, accounts of contemporary journalists, and testimony of eyewitnesses, the author offers a precise chronology of the chain of events that unfolded on the fairground that summer afternoon. His detailed investigation into the murder at Hautefaye reveals the political motivations of the murderers and the gulf between their actions and the sensibilities of the majority of French citizens, who no longer tolerated violence as a viable form of political expression. The book will be welcomed by scholars, students, and general readers for its compelling insights into the nature of collective violence.

Women for Hire - Prostitution and Sexuality in France after 1850 (Paperback, New Ed): Alain Corbin Women for Hire - Prostitution and Sexuality in France after 1850 (Paperback, New Ed)
Alain Corbin; Translated by Alan Sheridan
R985 R832 Discovery Miles 8 320 Save R153 (16%) Out of stock

Dispelling the lurid stereotypes portrayed in fiction, Alain Corbin depicts prostitution in nineteenth-century France not as a vice, crime, or disease, but as a well-organized business. Corbin reveals how the brothel served the sex industry in the same way that the factory served manufacturing: it provided an institution for the efficient and profitable sale of services.

Village Bells - The Culture of the Senses in the Nineteenth-Century French Countryside (Hardcover): Alain Corbin Village Bells - The Culture of the Senses in the Nineteenth-Century French Countryside (Hardcover)
Alain Corbin; Translated by Martin Thom
R2,225 R1,933 Discovery Miles 19 330 Save R292 (13%) Out of stock

In the French canton of Brienne in November 1799, local authorities were scandalized when a crowd of girls broke through the doors of the church and rang the bells in order to mark the festival of St. Catherine. Religious use of the bells was forbidden by law, but the villagers boldly insisted on their right to celebrate with peals the feast of a beloved saint. So begins "Village Bells, " Alain Corbin's exploration of the "auditory landscape" of nineteenth-century France, a story of lost sensory experiences and forgotten passions. In the nineteenth century, these instruments were symbols of their towns and objects of both ecclesiastic and civic pride. Bell-ringing served practical purposes of communication, marking both religious and secular time, as well as calling citizens to pray, assemble, take arms, or beware of danger. As Corbin shows, the bells also reflected the social, political, and religious struggles of the time. To control the bells was to control the symbolic order, rhythm, and loyalties of French village and country life.

Using church archives and local documents, Corbin forges a unique history of the role of bells from the aftermath of the Revolution to the dawn of the twentieth century. He charts how the First Republic (1792--1804) moved toward a more secular society, turning many bells into coins and cannonballs and seizing others as property of the state. A gradual return to the religious use of bells occurred in the nineteenth century, even as their new secular roles were maintained. Corbin describes the battles over the marking of religious versus secular time, as calls to prayer, the celebration of religious feasts, and the marking of rites of passage -- baptism, marriage, and death -- competed with tolls indicating the passing hours or marking assemblies, elections, or republican holidays.

Thoroughly documented and recounted with intriguing narratives, "Village Bells" provides an original approach to nineteenth-century French cultural, social, and political history. As Corbin notes, the bells are no longer essential to our lives -- their qualitative, sacred time and space replaced by the quantitative, secular measures of the clock -- but by understanding their lost symbolic and practical importance we open a window onto the age in which they rang.

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