Contemporary French Cultural Studies by William Kidd, Sian Reynolds

By William Kidd, Sian Reynolds

This stimulating publication is an creation to the whole diversity of latest French tradition. Written by means of a gaggle of prime lecturers either inside of and out of doors France, every one bankruptcy specializes in a subject matter from the French cultural scene this present day. beginning with an outline of assets for additional info (both in print and online), modern French Cultural reviews discusses the various type of French cultural expression and appears severely at what "Frenchness" itself capability. The publication additionally explores examples of cultural construction starting from activity, media and literature to theater, cinema, fairs, and track. a vital source for college kids, students and readers alike, this article presents precise fabric and research, in addition to a launch-pad for extra learn.

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It contains many articles and the editorial in full every day, front page in pdf format (to read which you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or a plug-in for your browser), articles from the entire current week, and an astonishing 'chapitre un' feature with archives with dozens of first chapters from recent books. , as well as a huge number of 'portraits', with interviews with everyone from MC Solaar and Emmanuelle Beart to Julian Barnes. The multimedia supplement is at least as good as that of Le Monde, there are excellent archives, and it is also an invaluable source of links to sites which they have discovered.

Taking the long view, it could be argued that for roughly the first half of the twentieth century, French society was still dominated by a set of concerns and cultural phenomena arising from the nineteenth century, while the second half saw the emergence of a new kind of France. This second France, although still bearing traces of the past, is the one we would recognize today. As a working hypothesis - a starting point for discussion - this can be tested out by readers in different contexts; they may find that it works better for some than for others.

10. frl This is the excellent and constantly improving site of Radio France Internationale. Click on 'kiosque' and then on 'Revue de presse' and 'Revue de pre sse hebdomadaire' to see what the French press of the day (or the week) is saying. There are also English and Spanish versions of these press reviews, but they're different, not translations, as well as topical articles about the Web and language items aimed at 'la Francophonie'. Often there are brief bite-sized transcripts of radio features, such as 'Parler au quotidien', which takes a word and talks about it, its history and how it's used.

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