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Ancients against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siècle

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As the end of the century approaches, many predict our fin de siècle will mirror the nineteenth-century decline into decadence. But a better model for the 1990s is to be found, according to Joan DeJean, in the culture wars of France in the 1690s—the time of a battle of the books known as the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns.

DeJean brilliantly reassesses our cur
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Paperback, 236 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by University of Chicago Press (first published February 15th 1997)
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Despite its subtitle, this book doesn’t focus on the period of history that we usually think of as fin-de-siècle France. Instead, the author draws a comparison between 1690s France and 1990s America, showing their similar struggles with “culture wars” - particularly in the literary realm. We see the opposing camps lining up: one adhering to a traditional canon and seeing change in literature as leading to the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it, and the other camp pushing the boundaries into more and ...more
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