Making the News: Modernity & the Mass Press in Nineteenth-century France

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Dean De la Motte, Jeannene M. Przyblyski
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1999 - History - 386 pages
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Much recent writing on print culture has focused on the social and political implications of the transition from "elite" to "mass" culture in the 1800s. The essays in this volume add significantly to our understanding of the role of the nineteenth-century French press in producing the commodities, consumers, and ideological frameworks that are the hallmarks of this shift. The book also offers an opportunity for useful comparisons with recent scholarship on the rise on the popular press in the United States, Great Britain, and Germany.

The essays address a wide range of topics, from the emergence of commercial daily newspapers during the July Monarchy to the photographic representation of women in the Paris Commune. Together they demonstrate that the French mass press was far more heterogeneous than previously supposed, tapping into an expanding readership composed of a variety of publics -- from affluent bourgeois to disaffected workers to disenfranchised women. It was also relentlessly innovative, using caricature, argot, advertisements, and other attention-grabbing techniques that blurred the lines separating art, politics, and the news.


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Press and CounterDiscourse in the Early July Monarchy
The Body Impolitic Press Censorship and the Caricature of Honoré Daumier
Réflecs dun gniaff On Emile Pouget and Le Père Peinard
Utopia Commodified Utilitarianism Aestheticism and the presse à bon marché
From Opinion to Information The RomanFeuilleton and the Transformation of the NineteenthCentury French Press
Linking Producers to Consumers Balzacs Grande Affaire and the Dynamics of Literary Diffusion
Unfashionable Feminism?
Between Seeing and Believing Representing Women in Apperts Crimes de la Commune
The Language of the Press Narrative and Ideology in the Memoirs of Celine Renooz 18901915
Subversive Copy Feminist Journalism in FindeSiècle France
Reading the News

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About the author (1999)

Dean de la Motte is assistant professor of French at Guilford College. Jeannene M. Przyblyski is an independent scholar who lives in San Francisco.

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