Medieval Saints in Late Nineteenth Century French Culture: Eight Essays

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Elizabeth Emery, Laurie Postlewate
McFarland, Jul 14, 2004 - History - 258 pages
Legends, tales, and mysteries featuring saints captivated the French at the end of the nineteenth century. As Jean Lorrain pointed out in an 1891 article for the popular weekly Le Courrier Français, the seemingly simple language of the saints’ lives, their noble battles between good and evil and the atmosphere of religious mysticism appealed to many, especially those involved in the visual and performing arts. Ironically The Third Republic (1870–1940), a regime that claimed to reinforce and institute the secular ideas of the French Revolution, was witness to this great popular interest in the saints and religious imagery. The eight essays in this work explore the popularity of the saints from the 1850s to the 1920s. The essays evaluate the role they played in literature, art, music, science, history and politics, examine portrayals of the saints’ lives in both low and high culture (from children’s literature, shadow plays and the popular press to literature, opera and theological studies), and reveal the prevalence of the saints in fin-de-siècle France.
 

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Contents

Introduction Elizabeth Emery
1
Structures and Sources in Flauberts
13
Popular Performances
25
Odilon Redons Temptation of Saint Anthony Lithographs
47
Zolas Le Reve
83
PART THREE
117
Hippolyte Delehayes Legendes
139
Saints According to Anatole France
163
Unofficial and Secular Saint in Integral Nationalist
195
Conclusion Elizabeth Emery
223
Select Bibliography of Secondary Sources
237
About the Contributors
243
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Elizabeth Emery, an associate professor of French at Montclair State University, lives in Montclair, New Jersey. Laurie Postlewate is a senior lecturer in French at Barnard College and lives in Forest Hills, New York.

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