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Author Pooley, William, 1985- author
Title Body and tradition in nineteenth-century France : Félix Arnaudin and the moorlands of Gascony, 1870-1914 / William G. Pooley
Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019
book jacket
LOCATION CALL # STATUS OPACMSG BARCODE
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DC611.G25 P822 2019    EXHIBITION    30530001349034
 人文社會聯圖  DC611.G25 P66 2019    AVAILABLE    30600020132180
Edition First edition
Descript viii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Series The past & present book series
Past & present book series
Note "The moorlands of Gascony are often considered one of the most dramatic examples of top-down rural modernization in nineteenth-century Europe. From an area of open moors, they were transformed in one generation into the largest man-made forest in Europe. This book explores how these changes were experienced and negotiated by the people who lived there, drawing on the immense ethnographic archive of Félix Arnaudin (1844-1921). The book replaces the songs, stories, and everyday speech that Arnaudin collected, as well as the photographs he took, in the everyday lives of agricultural workers and artisans. It argues that the changes are understood as a gradual revolution in bodily experiences, as men and women forged new working habits, new sexual relations, and new ways of conceiving of their own bodies. Rather than just a story of top-down reform, this is an account of the flexibility and creativity of the cultural traditions of the working population. The book begins with a biographical sketch of the folklorist Arnaudin and an overview of the men and women whose cultural traditions he recorded. The following chapters explore everyday speech about the body, stories of werewolves and shapeshifters, tales of animal cunning and exploitation, and songs about love and courtship. The book focuses on the lives of a handful of the most talented storytellers and singers Arnaudin encountered, showing how their cultural choices reflect wider patterns of behaviour in the region, and across rural Europe"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-182) and index
Subject Arnaudin, Félix, 1844-1921
Rural development -- France -- Gascony -- History -- 19th century
Ethnology -- France -- Gascony -- History -- 19th century
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