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Morrison, Donald, 1946-
The death of French culture / Donald Morrison and Antoine Compagnon ; response by Antoine Compagnon translated by Andrew Brown
English ed
Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  DC33.7 .M7513 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject France -- Civilization -- 20th century
France -- Civilization -- 21st century
Subject(s) National characteristics, French
Civilization, Modern -- French influences
Physical Description v, 132 p. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-132)
Contents The death of French culture / by Donald Morrison -- The trappings of greatness / by Antoine Compagnon
Summary The creativity of its artists may be undeniable, but the influence (ghostlike) and the importance (derisory) of France in cultural exchanges both go to show that French culture no longer speaks to the world. This decline ultimately suits the French national mentality, inclined as it is to lamentation and sorrow. Morrison has returned to his original article to see how well his central arguments hold up in the light of the criticisms levelled at him. This new and updated version of his controversial text is accompanied by a thoughtful reply by Antoine Compagnon, who highlights a certain ambivalence within French culture, still capable of achieving the best but seemingly paralysed by its preoccupation with its own grandeur. --from publisher description
Alternate Author Compagnon, Antoine, 1950-

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