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Author Kalifa, Dominique, author
Title Véritable histoire de la "Belle Époque". English
The Belle Époque : a cultural history, Paris and beyond / Dominique Kalifa ; translated by Susan Emanuel ; postcript by Venita Datta
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2021]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  DC33.6 .K3413 2021    AVAILABLE    30600020141355
Descript vi, 252 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series European perspectives: a series in social thought and cultural criticism
European perspectives
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-232) and index
Prologue: Time regained? -- Part One: "The 1900 Epoch" -- Dawn of the century -- Time in flight -- "Nothing mattered as long as we were dancing" -- The invention of "1900" -- Part Two: "Ah! la Belle Époque!" -- Occupied Paris, "Belle Époque" Paris? -- Liberated Paris, Belle Époque Paris -- A lively "Half-Century" -- Part Three: The ordeal of the "Fin-de-Siècle" -- The "Belle Époque" isn't what it used to be -- All of France in the Belle Époque -- A very broad "Belle Époque" -- Everything is cultural in the Age of the Vintage -- Epilogue: Tangled times
"The years before the First World War have long been romanticized as a zenith of French culture, the "Belle Époque." The era is seen as the height of a lost way of life that remains emblematic of what it means to be French. In a vast range of texts and images, it appears as a carefree time full of joie de vivre, fanfare and frills, artistic daring, and scientific innovation. The Moulin Rouge shared the stage with the Universal Exposition, Toulouse-Lautrec rubbed elbows with Marie Curie and La Belle Otero, and Fantômas invented automatic writing. This book traces the making-and the imagining-of the Belle Époque to reveal how and why it became a cultural myth. Dominique Kalifa lifts the veil on a period shrouded in nostalgia, explaining the century-long need to continuously reinvent and even sanctify this moment. He sifts through images handed down in memoirs and reminiscences, literature and film, art and history to explore the many facets of the era, including its worldwide reception. The Belle Époque was born in France, but it quickly went global as other countries adopted the concept to write their own histories. In shedding light on how the Belle Époque has been celebrated and reimagined, Kalifa also offers a nuanced meditation on time, history, and memory"-- Provided by publisher
Subject France -- Civilization -- 1830-1900
Arts, French -- 19th century
Arts, French -- 20th century
France -- Intellectual life -- 19th century
France -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
France -- Civilization -- 1901-1945
France -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
France -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
France -- History -- Third Republic, 1870-1940
HISTORY / Europe / France. bisacsh
Arts, French. fast (OCoLC)fst00818019
Civilization. fast (OCoLC)fst00862898
Intellectual life. fast (OCoLC)fst00975769
Manners and customs. fast (OCoLC)fst01007815
France. fast (OCoLC)fst01204289
1800-1999 fast
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
Alt Author Emanuel, Susan, translator
Datta, Venita, 1961- writer of postscript
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