By Jeffrey Mehlman
This memoir is much less a chronicle of the lifetime of a number one student and critic of concerns French than a chain of otherwise angled fragments, each one with its attendant shock, in what one commentator has known as Jeffrey Mehlman's amour vache—his injured and infrequently injurious love—for France and the French. The reader will come upon masters of the artwork of interpreting in those pages, the pleasure elicited via their achievements, and the unforeseen (and sometimes unsettling) resonances these achievements have had within the author's existence. With all its idiosyncrasies, Adventures within the French alternate depicts an highbrow iteration in ways in which will allure not just those that bear in mind the heady days of the increase and reign of French idea but additionally those that don't. This provocative booklet could be of curiosity to scholars of highbrow historical past, literary feedback, Jewish reports, the background of yank academia, and the style of the memoir itself.
About the author
Jeffrey Mehlman is collage Professor and Professor of French Literature at Boston college. he's the writer of 8 books, together with Walter Benjamin for kids: An Essay on his Radio Years (1993), Genealogies of the textual content (1995), and Emigré ny: French Intellectuals in Wartime big apple, 1940–1944 (2000).
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Adventures in the French Trade: Fragments Toward a Life (Cultural Memory in the Present) by Jeffrey Mehlman