New Book | Teaching Representations of the French Revolution

Posted in books by Editor on September 15, 2019

From MLA:

Julia Douthwaite Viglione, Antoinette Sol, and Catriona Seth, eds., Teaching Representations of the French Revolution (New York: MLA, 2019), 268 pages, ISBN: 978-1603294652 (cloth), $65 / ISBN: 978-1603294003 (paper), $34.

In many ways the French Revolution—a series of revolutions, in fact, whose end has arguably not yet arrived—is modernity in action. Beginning in reform, it blossomed into wholesale attempts to remake society, uprooting the clergy and aristocracy, valorizing mass movements, and setting secular ideologies, including nationalism, in motion. Unusually manifold and complicated, the revolution affords many teaching opportunities and challenges. This volume helps instructors seeking to connect developments today—terrorism, propaganda, extremism—with the events that began in 1789, contextualizing for students a world that seems always unmoored and in crisis.

The volume supports the teaching of the revolution’s ongoing project across geographic areas (from Haiti, Latin America, and New Orleans to Spain, Germany, and Greece), governing ideologies (human rights, secularism, liberty), and literatures (from well-known to newly rediscovered texts). Interdisciplinary, intercultural, and insurgent, the volume has an energy that reflects its subject.



• Julia Douthwaite Viglione, Antoinette Sol, and Catriona Seth — Introduction

Part I: Historical Contexts
• Julia Douthwaite Viglione, Antoinette Sol, and Catriona Seth — A Narrative Chronology of Events in Revolutionary France
• Lauren Pinzka — Teaching the French Revolution as Myth and Memory
• Christopher Tozzi — Teaching the Revolution through a Military Lens
• Séverine Rebourcet — Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, and Laïcité: Frenchness, Islam, and French Hip-Hop

Part II: Rhetoric, Rights, and Revolution
• Jeffrey Champlin — Rights, Revolution, Representation: Thinking through the Language of the French Revolution
• Pratima Prasad — Human Rights and Human Wrongs: Slavery and Colonialism in a Time of Revolution
• Habiba Boumlik and Robin Kietlinski — Teaching the French Revolution at a Community College: Challenges and Benefits
• Melanie Conroy — Teaching Republican Culture through Caricature: The Scandal of Charlie Hebdo

Part III: Writing the Revolution
• Julia Douthwaite Viglione, Antoinette Sol, and Catriona Seth — Editors’ Choice: Essential Texts of the French Revolution
• Logan J. Connors — Teaching the Revolution’s Theater as Cultural History
• Amir Minsky — The French Revolution and the German Chimera: Theatricality, Emotions, and the Untransferability of Revolution in J. H. Campe’s Briefe aus Paris
• Erin A. Myers — The Sans-culottides: Learning Revolutionary-Era French Culture through Celebration and a Reading of Hugo’s Quatrevingt-treize
• Jennifer Gipson — Rethinking History: The ‘Marseillaise Noire’ and Legacies of the Revolution in Creole New Orleans
• Matthew Lau — Writing to Appreciate the Enigmas of Danton’s Death and Monsieur Toussaint at the Community College

Part IV: The Revolution in Art and Mass Media
• Beth S. Wright — ‘Speaking to All the Senses at Once’: The French Revolution through the Visual Arts
• Amaya Martin and José A. Martin-Pereda — The French Revolution and the Beginning of Modern Communications
• Giulia Pacini — Ideas on the Table: Teaching with the Faïences Révolutionnaires
• Melissa A. Deininger — The French Revolution and Modern Propaganda
• Dominica Chang — French Revolutionary Women: A Century of Media Representation
• Katherine Astbury — Engaging Students in Research: Stop-Motion Videos, Strip Cartoons, and the Waddesdon Manor Collection of Prints

Part V: Global Reverberations
• J. B. Mertz — Teaching the Revolution Debate: Edmund Burke, His Radical Respondents, and William Blake
• Ronan Y. Chalmin — How Should an Invisible Event Be Taught? The Haitian Revolution as Pedagogical Case Study
• Marlene L. Daut — Teaching Perspective: The Relation between the Haitian and French Revolutions
• Ourida Mostefai — Exile, Displacement, and Citizenship: Émigrés from the French Revolution to the Twenty-First Century
• Rosa Mucignat and Sanja Perovic — The French Revolution Effect: France, Italy, Germany, Greece
• John Pizer — Teaching the French Revolution in Late-Eighteenth- and Early-Nineteenth-Century German Literature Classes
• Yvonne Fuentes — The French Revolution’s Echo in Spain through Literary and Satirical Representations
• Amy E. Wright — From Transnational Political Thought to Popular National Iconography: Latin America’s Cult of Liberté in the Age of Revolution

Part VI: Resources
• Melissa A. Deininger — French Revolution: Dates and People
• Christopher Tozzi — Major Battles of the Revolutionary Period
• Julia Douthwaite Viglione, Dominica Chang, Melanie Conroy, and Melissa A. Deininger — Filmography
• Beth S. Wright — Revolutionary Artwork

Notes on Contributors

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