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Romance, Religion and the Republic: Bruno's Le Tour de la France par deux enfants.

Strachan, John (2004) Romance, Religion and the Republic: Bruno's Le Tour de la France par deux enfants. French History, 18 (1). pp. 96-118.

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Abstract

This essay explores how previous understandings of Bruno's most celebrated text have tended to assimilate authorial intent with the traditional interpretation of Republican modernization. Early readings of the Tour de France were coloured by a largely uncritical acknowledgment of the extent to which the Third Republic had revolutionized education and forged a new and durable sense of national identity. But historians emphasize that change rarely took place in the short term, and Bruno is similarly indicative of the complex compromise that was worked out between the Republic and the religious establishment, and between regional and national identity in the years 1870–1914. This essay uses the work of Michelet and others to demonstrate the co-existence in the Tour de France of Romantic, religious and modernist narratives of the nation.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: French History
Additional Information: Based on an MA dissertation submitted to the University of Warwick in September 2001 and a paper delivered at the Graduate Seminar in History, University of Manchester, March 2003. RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DC France
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 4168
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2008 09:44
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:07
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4168

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