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- The Papin sisters -- two maids who shocked France by savagely butchering their mistress and her daughter. - Violette Nozires -- arrested for poisoning her mother and father. The serial murderer Eugen Weidmann -- the last man to be publicly guillotined in France.These sordid tales, widely disseminated by the French press in articles known as the faits divers, have inflamed the imaginations of French writers and intellectuals from Zola and de Beauvoir to Barthes, Foucault and Lacan. They are the basis for some of the most enduring characters in French fiction -- Julian Sorel, Emma Bovary and Thrse Desqueyroux -- and continue to enthrall readers on a daily basis.This fascinating book is the only systematic study of the creative relationship between French writers and intellectuals and the fait divers. In addition to finding inspiration in these items, many French novelists and intellectuals have been moved to comment on the psychological, social and judicial issues to which they habitually give rise. The study of this phenomenon underscores the powerful hold the sensational has exerted on the nation's psyche and shows how the more lurid aspects of popular culture have fired the imaginations not only of the masses but of the intelligentsia as well.

Outrage and insight - David H. Walker

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Title
Outrage and insight - modern French writers and the "fait divers"
Author
David H. Walker
format
Hardback
Publisher
Berg Publishers
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19950605

- The Papin sisters -- two maids who shocked France by savagely butchering their mistress and her daughter. - Violette Nozires -- arrested for poisoning her mother and father. The serial murderer Eugen Weidmann -- the last man to be publicly guillotined in France.These sordid tales, widely disseminated by the French press in articles known as the faits divers, have inflamed the imaginations of French writers and intellectuals from Zola and de Beauvoir to Barthes, Foucault and Lacan. They are the basis for some of the most enduring characters in French fiction -- Julian Sorel, Emma Bovary and Thrse Desqueyroux -- and continue to enthrall readers on a daily basis.This fascinating book is the only systematic study of the creative relationship between French writers and intellectuals and the fait divers. In addition to finding inspiration in these items, many French novelists and intellectuals have been moved to comment on the psychological, social and judicial issues to which they habitually give rise. The study of this phenomenon underscores the powerful hold the sensational has exerted on the nation's psyche and shows how the more lurid aspects of popular culture have fired the imaginations not only of the masses but of the intelligentsia as well.

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David Walker is the former Director of the Jitsu Foundation - one of the largest Jiu Jitsu organisations in the UK. David is still an active member of the Jitsu Foundation and teaches at national and international courses.




In addition to running Jiu Jitsu clubs for adults and children, David Walker has also taught Jiu Jitsu to members of the armed forces and the police force.




David holds the fighting grade of sandan - the highest grade attainable within the Jitsu Foundation and the teaching grade of tertiary fellow - the highest teaching grade within the Jitsu Foundation. He has been practising martial arts for 31 years and Jiu Jitsu for 27 years, and has also trained in judo, karate, aikido, taewando and kung fu. David has written several in house training and syllabus manuals for the Jitsu Foundation and written copy for the Jitsu Foundation website www.jitsufoundation.org.




Outside of the Jitsu Foundation David works for a clinical psychology consultancy, specialising in working with young people with challenging behaviour, and lecturing in counselling at Bristol University. Within this area David has written several research papers and worked on Home Office funded research projects into challenging and offending behaviour.




The Jitsu Foundation is a member of the Sports Council recognised British Jiu Jitsu Association (GB) and has over 110 clubs in the UK in addition to clubs in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Holland, Australia and New Zealand.

'Worth the read for the purely historical information about criminals who were famous in the 1920s and '30s, this volume is recommended for all readers interested in modern French literature.' - Choice'Walker's research and analysis is equally impressive whether applied to individual works or wider social phenomena.'Journal of European Studies'This remarkable book deals wit what, in poor imitation of Queneau, one might call the factidiversoid aspect of literary representation.'Modern & Contemporary France'Combining traditional literary scholarship with cultural history, David Walker has produced a rich, well-researched volume that makes a usefully divergent contribution to the continuing definition of French cultural studies.'MLR'alert, original, and very thought-provoking'AUMLA

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
French literature - 20th century - History and criticism.|Journalism and literature - France.|Sensationalism in literature.|Violence in literature.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
269

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