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Poetry and the police : communication networks in eighteenth-century Paris

Author: Robert Darnton
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In spring 1749, Francois Bonis, a medical student in Paris, found himself unexpectedly hauled off to the Bastille for distributing an "abominable poem about the king." So began the Affair of the Fourteen, a police crackdown on ordinary citizens for unauthorized poetry recitals. Why was the official response to these poems so intense? In this captivating book, Robert Darnton follows the poems as they passed through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Darnton
ISBN: 9780674057159 0674057155 9780674066045 0674066049
OCLC Number: 555658475
Description: vi, 224 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Policing a poem --
A conundrum --
A communication network --
Ideological danger? --
Court politics --
Crime and punishment --
A missing dimension --
The larger context --
Poetry and politics --
Song --
Music --
Chansonniers --
Reception --
A diagnosis --
Public opinion --
The songs and poems distributed by the Fourteen --
Texts of "Qu'une batarde de catin" --
Poetry and the fall of Maurepas --
The trail of the Fourteen --
The popularity of tunes --
An electronic cabaret : Paris street songs, 1748-1750.
Responsibility: Robert Darnton.
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In spring 1749, Francois Bonis found himself unexpectedly hauled off to the Bastille for distributing an 'abominable poem about the king.' So began the Affair of the Fourteen, a police crackdown on  Read more...

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Darnton has ably mined the available evidence surrounding the 1749 investigation and string of arrests for sedition known as the "Affair of the Fourteen" and produced a remarkable analysis of a Read more...

 
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