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Death of French Culture - 
      Donald Morrison
    
      Antoine Compagnon

Death of French Culture

; Antoine Compagnon

For a long time, France and its culture have been one and the same.The greatness of the former added to the influence of the latter,and vice versa. French writers, artists and philosophers were atthe centre of the world s attention and enjoyed unparalleledprestige. Les mer
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For a long time, France and its culture have been one and the same.The greatness of the former added to the influence of the latter,and vice versa. French writers, artists and philosophers were atthe centre of the world s attention and enjoyed unparalleledprestige. Of this past glory, all that is left today isnavel-gazing, nostalgia, and timidity. This was the disabusedverdict reached by Donald Morrison, an American in Paris, at theconclusion his inquiry into the place of French culture in theworld. The creativity of its artists may be undeniable, but theinfluence (ghostlike) and the importance (derisory) of France incultural exchanges both go to show that French culture no longerspeaks to the world. This decline ultimately suits the Frenchnational mentality, inclined as it is to lamentation andsorrow. When Morrison originally published this piercing verdict oncontemporary French culture in Time magazine in November 2007, itcaused a sensation. Morrison was pilloried by the French press andattacked in countless newspapers, magazines and blogs.Morrison s article gave rise to an extended interrogation ofFrench culture by admirers and critics alike.
Undeterred by the controversy, Morrison has returned to hisoriginal article to see how well his central arguments hold up inthe light of the criticisms levelled at him. This new and updatedversion of his controversial text is accompanied by a thoughtfulreply by Antoine Compagnon, who highlights a certain ambivalencewithin French culture, still capable of achieving the best butseemingly paralysed by its preoccupation with its own grandeur.This important exchange between Morrison and Compagnon will be ofgreat interest to anyone concerned with French culture and itslegacy in the world today.
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Forlag: Polity Press
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9780745649931
Format: 22 x 14 cm
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«This book offers yet another delicious glimpse into a relationshipthat never ceases to fascinate, that between the US and France. Ithas taken an American to crystallize what France doesn't want toadmit: that French culture is no longer an international force tobe reckoned with. What is most compelling about it, though, is theaccuracy of Morrison's argument combined with his deep affectionfor France. There is no rejoicing in his writing. Morrison's is atrue lament . In his appraisal of France's growing incapacity tomaintain its universal cultural pull, Morrison entreats us to thinkabout the meaning of culture and universalism in the 21stcentury." Prospect Magazine "Essentially a discussion and profile of two great culturalpowers, the book raises the bigger question of why anybody shouldever expect one country to remain dominant in any field, be it inculture, politics or even military rule?" Journal of Contemporary European Studies»

The Death of French Culture ( Donald Morrison). The Trappings of Greatness (Antoine Compagnon).
Donald Morrison is a journalist at TIME magazine Antoine Compagnon is a Professor of French Literature atthe College de France