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Commemorating TraumaThe Paris Commune and Its Cultural Aftermath$
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Peter Starr

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226030

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823226030.001.0001

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Introduction The Commune and the Right to Confusion

Introduction The Commune and the Right to Confusion

(p.1) Introduction The Commune and the Right to Confusion
Commemorating Trauma

Peter Starr

Fordham University Press

The principal aim of this book is to examine the function of confusion in a body of French fiction defined by that historical moment which includes the Franco-Prussian War, the Paris Commune, and the first decade of the Third Republic. When one evokes the confusions that resulted from such massive tectonic shifts as the breakdown of an inherited class structure or the development, under the twin pressures of capitalism and revolutionary experience, of a functionally modern conception of the crowd, one intends a state of phenomena whose elements “are mixed to such an extent that it is impossible to distinguish among them.”

Keywords:   Franco-Prussian War, Paris Commune, Third Republic, confusion, class structure, capitalism, revolutionary experience

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