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    'Il Fut Bon Pere': the institut de France, funeral eulogies and the formation of bourgeois identity in early Nineteenth-Century France

    Arnold, James (2014) 'Il Fut Bon Pere': the institut de France, funeral eulogies and the formation of bourgeois identity in early Nineteenth-Century France. French History , ISSN 0269-1191.

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    Abstract

    The lay eulogy, given by a friend, colleague or relative of the deceased, was a new element in French religious funerals at the beginning of the nineteenth century, emerging indirectly from a wider programme of post-Revolutionary funerary reforms. The innovation attracted criticism from a range of political viewpoints, for offending against the virtues of truth, equality and good taste, or usurping the rights of the church. In response, its promoters crafted a nuanced set of justifications, grounding the eulogy in the long French tradition of ecclesiastical oratory, while selectively interpreting that tradition to depict it as congruent with modern inclinations towards sensation, emotional display and democratic self-expression. This article traces the contours of these debates, and explores early examples of the lay eulogy, arguing that its principal function was to send out messages about developing notions of bourgeois sociability and identity.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2015 15:08
    Last Modified: 09 Jan 2015 15:08
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11411

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