« De nouveaux et étranges éducateurs »: Dangers de la lecture et remèdes littéraires, 1883-1914

Translated title of the contribution: « New and strange educators »: Dangers of reading and literary remedies, 1883-1914

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Abstract

In the first decades of the Third Republic, anxious commentators denounce the «literary intoxication» of French youth at the hands of overabundant and demoralizing readings. Essayists and pedagogues agree on the necessity of teaching adolescents, by means of enticing yet innocuous readings, to enjoy literature with discernment and moderation. Meanwhile, many writers - among them Paul Bourget and Maurice Barrès - publish novels with a didactic bent, using the identification of the reader with a character who reads to paradoxically offer warnings about the dangers of reading.

Translated title of the contribution« New and strange educators »: Dangers of reading and literary remedies, 1883-1914
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)21-40
Number of pages20
JournalCulture et Musees
Volume17
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • André Lebey
  • Joseph Hudault
  • Maurice Barrès
  • Novel of formation
  • Paul Bourget
  • Reading
  • Third Republic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Museology

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