Reforming French Culture: Satire, Spiritual Alienation, and Connection to Strangers by George HoffmannReforming French Culture: Satire, Spiritual Alienation, and Connection to Strangers by George Hoffmann

Reforming French Culture: Satire, Spiritual Alienation, and Connection to Strangers

byGeorge Hoffmann

Hardcover | December 14, 2017

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Reforming French Culture is a ground-breaking work on the literary genre of Reformation satire - colloquial, obscene, scatological - designed to mock the excesses as well as the essence of the Roman Catholic rite and hierarchy. Enticingly, Hoffmann proposes that while romance, with itsepisodic, heroic narrative, is the literary genre of Counter-Reformation, satire is the genre of Reformation. This minor category of Renaissance French literature is an unstudied continent that plays a key role, not only in French literature, but also in French history, and in the evolution ofFrench culture more generally. From this deceptively small focus, the volume opens up huge vistas: on the Reformation, on French history, and on the symbiosis of spirituality and estrangement to which it views modern French culture as heir. Rather than using literature to illustrate history, or contextualizing literature through historical background, this book brings literary understanding (what satire is and what it does) to bear on historical understanding. Situated at the crossroads of religion, literature, and cultural history, itexplores how France, in this period, became a culturally Protestant country while remaining confessionally Catholic.
George Hoffmann is Professor of French at the University of Michigan in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. He is the author of Montaigne's Career (OUP, 1998) and several articles such as "Was Montaigne a Good Friend?" in Men and Women Making Friends (Ashgate, 2015), "Self-Assurance and Acting in the Essais" in Montaig...
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Title:Reforming French Culture: Satire, Spiritual Alienation, and Connection to StrangersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:December 14, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198808763

ISBN - 13:9780198808763

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Background: Purging an Unreformed Past2. Becoming Religious Foreigners3. The Devotional Force of Incredulity4. Pilgrims of Satire: To Go Home5. Noplace Anywhere: 'Observation' as Worship6. From Communion to Communication7. The Legacy of French Reformation Satire