The Liberté readers were prepared specially for use in the multidisciplinary course Liberté: France’s Impact on the Nineteenth Century, led by Olchar Lindsann & Brian Counihan at Community High School in Roanoke, Virginia. Comprised entirely of texts available in the public domain, the readers are intended to present an introduction to the dramatic and hotly-contested progress of French society as it entered, and helped to create, the modern age, bringing together together artifacts and texts from the domains of politics, literature, history, philosophy, and art that attempt to indicate not only the dominant trends in French society, but also those underground counter-currents which have always existed within and against it.
While intending a fully-rounded evocation of French history, politics, economics and social thought during the century, their most important role from the perspective of the mOnocle-Lash Community is their integration of a history of the French avant-garde from the first use of the term in 1827 through the Symbolists, and particularly extensive research and translations appearing here for the first time. Read from this perspective, the series presents, albeit only impressionistically, the first comprehensive treatment in English of the development of the avant-garde between 1827–1900.
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Liberté, Vol. I: 1787-1825.
–ed. Olchar E. Lindsann & Brian Counihan.
Vol. I surveys the French Revolution and covers up to the eve of the ‘July Revolution,’ charting the proliferation of republican, democratic, and socialist ideas through the upheavals of the Napoleonic Wars and establishment of the Bourbon monarchy, and the European literary and artistic developments which began to affect the dissident fringes of French society.
Includes passages from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Madame de Staël, Charles Fourier, Claude-Henri Saint-Simon, Jean-Pierre Béranger, Stendhal, René de Chateaubriand, Friedrich Engels, Victor Hugo, Lord Byron, Napoleon Bonaparte, the French National Assembly, Johann von Goëthe, Théophile Gautier, King Louis XVIII, Karl Marx, and Alexis de Tocqueville.
202 pgs, Perfect-Bound, Aug. 2012. In conjunction with Community High School.
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Liberté, Vol. II: 1827-1847
–ed. Olchar E. Lindsann
Vol. II begins with the July Revolution and traces the twin development of Capitalist hegemony on the one hand, and culturally and politically dissident subcultures on the other hand, bringing us to the eve of the 1848 Revolution. This volume incorporates a great deal of original research, presenting a vertible alternate history of French culture from 1830-45. It offers the most diverse array of texts available in English from the Romanticist avant-garde, particularly the Bouzingo or Jeunes-France group, including many poems and statements published here for the first time in English–more than 250 pages of French Romanticist poetry, fiction, manifestos, and memoirs, embedded within their broader historical context.
Includes passages from Théophile Gautier, Petrus Borel, Aloysius Bertrand, Victor Hugo, Philothée O’Neddy, Auguste Barbier, Gérard de Nerval, Honoré de Balzac, Elisa Mercoeur, Joseph Bouchardy, Eugène Sue, Marceline Debordes-Valmore, Louis Boulanger, Alfred de Musset, Alphonse Brot, Antoni Deschamps, George Sand, Auguste Macquet, Alexandre Dumas, Gustave Flaubert, Alphonse Lamartine, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Charles Fourier, Friedrich Engels, King Louis XVIII, François Guizot, Jean-Pierre Béranger, Prosper Lissagaray, Charles Baudelaire, Karl Marx, Nicolas Boileau, Arthur Symmons, Arthur James Booth, Caroline H. Dall, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Robert Sherard, and Stendhal.
411 pgs, Perfect-Bound, Oct. 2012. In conjunction with Community High School.
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Liberté, Vol. III: 1845-1870
-ed. Olchar E. Lindsann
Vol. III begins with the Revolution of 1848 and short-lived Second Republic, the coup-d’etat of Napoleon III, and traces the industrial development of his totalitarian and colonialist Third Empire. It was a period of great confusion and dire odds among dissenting communities, and this volume traces both the rise of Socialist workers’ movements up to the brink of the Paris Commune, and the little-understood development of the mid-19th Century avant-garde into opposing Bohemian and hermetic models; we examine avant-garde groups such as the Bohême Doyenné, the Evadamistes, the Parnasse Contemporaine, and the Hydropathes, the foundation of Realism, and the beginnings of the idea of Decadence.
Includes passages from Théophile de Banville, Karl Marx, Charles Baudelaire, Catulle Mendés, Louis Blanc, Paul Verlaine, Friedrich Engels, Théophile Gautier, Jules Champfleury, Henry Murger, Gustave Courbet, François Copée, Arsène Alexander, Arthur Rimbaud, Leconte de Lisle, Orlo Williams, Edward Hamley, Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, George Sand, Alphonse de Lamartine, Louis Bonaparte, Robert Sherard, Gustave Le Bon, William J. Robertson, Maximilian I, Barthelémy Saint-Hillaire, Sara York Stevenson, Robert Hunt, Louis Horticq, Percy F. Martin, Victor Hugo, Philothée O’Neddy, Joris-Karl Huysmans, James Clerk Maxwell, Prosper Lissagaray, and Alphonse Brot.
Liberté, Vol. IV: 1865-1905
-ed. Olchar E. Lindsann
Vol. IV begins with the collapse of the Third Empire and the crushing of the Paris Commune, through the tribulations of the Third Republic, the Dreyfus Affair, the first rumblings of Fascism, and the development of commercial culture. We see the ascendency of Liberal Positivism, the agitation of conservative forces by General Boulanger, and countercultural responses in the form of Anarchism, Communism, Naturalism, Nihilism, Decadence, and Symbolism, pointing into the 20th Century.
Includes passages from Marie Curie, Remy de Gourmont, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Pietr Kropotkin, Stéphane Mallarmé, Judith Gautier, Octave Mirbeau, Emile Zola, Prosper Lissagaray, Ephraïm Mikhaël, Paul Déroulède, Guy de Maupassant, Jean Richepin, Jules Verne, Èmile Hennequin, Maurice Rollinat, Adolphe Thiers, Théophile Gautier, Karl Marx, Napoleon III, Max Nordau, Joseph Proudhon, Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, William Eichoff, Earnest A. Visitelly, Frances Willard, William John Robertson, Lonsdon Hale, Robert Sherard, and L.S. Bevington.
268 pgs, Perfect-Bound, Jan. 2013. In conjunction with Community High School.
$14.20 + s/h
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