The French Revolution of 1789 in European Narratives

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Literary/ Cultural Context Essay


Since the beginning of Western civilization, literary works have been products and reflections of a particular culture and a specific stage in the moral and social development of the respective people. The interdependence between society and art has been accepted even for times of political fragmentation, above all for the Golden Age of Pericles and the dysfunctional Weimar Republic: the more political and social turmoil, the more the arts flourished. Expected is therefore a similar impact of the French Revolution not only on the fine arts (e.g., Jacques-Louis David), but also on fiction. The revolutionary slogan “liberté, égalité, fraternité” challenged the absolutism of the ancien régime

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Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "The French Revolution of 1789 in European Narratives". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 April 2012
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  1. Comparative Literature, Reception, Influences