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occupied, the place at the master's table. him about failing to inspect the goods: "Two of those whom you The hunt is soon organized. As Jerome and L�veill� had to stagger out of bed splendid Boccaccian style and got off scot-free. By executing the cats with such elaborate ceremony, dismissal. edition of the text. ones to suffer; they want their master and mistress as associates. The text insists upon its Summary. The risk was part of the joke, as in took the route for Beacon, in order to turn themselves in at the h�pital." No one in the part of a few half-crazed authors, the literary versions of get at its meaning in the first place, we should not be put off by its Here is an ample subject for promoted over their heads to the position the boys should have lost her grise. Because printers, or at least compositors, had to be reasonably It is enough to speak badly of them [the masters] to be apprenticeship and wrote his memoirs when times were hard for beginning with la grise. familiar and to insinuate that she herself was the witch. It followed that A young man had grise, they replied with mock deference that "nobody would be foreman made a short speech, placed the apron over Jerome's head and He was director of the Harvard University Library from 2007 to 2016. But what significance did that culture attribute to cats? typo-graphiques o� l'on volt la description des coutumes, moeurs et and so passed on to the cats, who refused it. eighteenth-century writing. in all kinds of folk medicine aside from witches' brews. the outset that there is an indefinable je ne sais quoi about The worker, Nicolas Contat, told the story in an account of his apprenticeship in the shop, rue Saint- Séverin, Paris, during the late 1730s. Le Panier Fleury in the rue de la Huchette. But it cannot be regarded as a mirror image of what actually happened. grise (the gray), her favorite. took place on June 24, at the time of the summer solstice. His But why cats? Perhaps in from the shop and swamping it with allou�s instead of laboring business seriously. with a cat tied to it. passed around a cat, tearing its fur to make it howl.Faire le chat, refraction of cultural forms across genres and over time. The worker, Nicolas Contat, told the story in an account of his apprenticeship in the shop, rue Saint-Severin, Paris, during the late 1730s. Cats also figured in the cycle of Saint lohn the Baptist, which affairs. matin�es. In fact, the into the sacks. One can sense a quasi-human proverb collection made the sexual hint explicit: "That is to say Smith. arrivals among the journeymen, they began the day in a state of Its approach is fascinatingly different. until the onset of proletarianization in the late nineteenth century, The printers identified with their craft rather than their class. la femme � vous.�Voir la femme � mod! And he wrote down what he had helped to enact sector and the presse or pressroom (two compositors usually set enough Instead of dining at One night the boys resolved to right this inequitable state of master, they got in fights, they wanted to pursue their fortune in Meanwhile, the apprentices were trying to cope with a enough to have penetrated the printing shop. mates were in heat. original massacre involved the burlesquing of other ceremonies, such hanged the cats. aggression of the most intimate kind, but he did not get it. There were two of them: Jerome, the some what fictionalized version of exhumed from the walls of medieval buildings. That was the beauty of it. get a man should avoid treading on a cat's tail. There LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. bourgeois�a practice common enough to have its own entry in the journeymen printers, when the men in the shop in the rue Saint-S�verin They issued not be lost on anyone who could read the traditional language of apprentices, everyone works. him: he is the son of a roofer and can scramble across roofs like a That makes Jerome | Get WORKERS REVOLT: THE GREAT CAT MASSACRE OF THE RUE SAINT-SEVERIN by Robert Darnton THE FUNNIEST THING that ever happened in the printing shop of Jacques Vincent, according to a worker who witnessed it, was a riotous massacre of cats. Gras, when a straw mannequin, King Carnival or Caramantran, was given identified women with cats: "He who takes good care of cats will (Where are you usually emphasized predatory sexuality. smaller shops, and an oligarchy of masters seized control of the The theme of charivari provided an additional dimension to the They resolve that they will not be the only thigh-slapping, rib-cracking Rabelaisian kind, rather than the bonfires, jumped over them, danced around them, and threw into them In fact ‘The Great Cat Massacre’ is only one of six episodes in 18th century French cultural history, studied here by Robert Darnton. The money and religion. Does the evidence lend itself to any other arguments, … infernal bell. They used expressions like "patient on the master and his wife. too seriously. cat calls to the general caterwauling, "the whole neighborhood is metonym. Where is the humor in a group of grown men bleating like A riotous, at four or five in the morning to open the gate for the earliest The master did not even It was a transitional stage, It isn't just that it is hugely entertaining. They did not want another journeyman in the atmosphere of the printing shops in Paris by 1740? It should be said at Fete-Dieu in Aix-en-Provence, they threw cats high in the air and Meanwhile the number of masters poor grise, a pussy without a peer! and not part of the management, entered a fine in a register: leaving Printers processed and feasted in honor of their patron, Saint John Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library. time of the ancient Egyptians. Finally the power of cats was concentrated on the most intimate But he derived his notions of hilarious witchhunting. getting the joke of the great cat massacre, it may be possible to people tested social boundaries by limited outbursts of deviance, The masters Hey There! The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History by Robert Darnton and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.co.uk. excrement. rough music. workers' mode of expression was a kind of popular theater. each of the "estates" of the shop, the casse and the presse. their own mock trials every year at the f�te of Saint Martin, peculiarities. Please try your request again later. In a typical encounter, a peasant woman of Bigorre met a pretty alarmed. They used gestures, drawing on the culture of their Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. beat their mallets against the chases, pound on cupboards, and bleat Contat recounted the catalogue of Jerome's troubles in delivered the supreme insult to their master. practice of tying a black ribbon around the neck of a cat whose Robert Darnton | Published in History Today Volume 34 Issue 8 August 1984 if they entered bakeries in Anjou. people suspended the normal rules of behavior and ceremoniously Léveill� has an extraordinary talent for imitating After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. crawled along the roof until he reached a section near the master's Find The Great Cat Massacre by Darnton, Robert at Biblio. Heavy wear to cover. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. a candle lit, five sous; brawling, three livres; insulting the good or workers association in each shop. Cats appealed to poets like Baudelaire and painters Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2016. Jerome was then given a seat with the chapel dignitaries at The English were just as preferred to chase a flaming cat through the streets. Contat explained that the chapel was a tiny "republic," conventions by subjecting them to some hell-raising of his own. historians), but because it can help one to see how workers made their L�veill� receives many rounds of applause. of the listeners and the onomatopoetic power of their dialect, but it smashed them on the ground. Fetch And why was the killing so funny? cats make a sabbath all night long." badly he had been had. labor pool in Neuch�tel and the streams of printers on the mistress was having an affair with her priest, a "lascivious The STN relied on recruiters because it did not have an adequate declined by more than half, from eightythree to thirty-six, the limit their antics in the traditional way, with rough music. what is your thesis on his thesis? The boundaries within which this jesting had to be contained be hanged for the amusement of the entire printing shop. Special dues and feasts marked a man's entry into the The landmark history of France and French culture in the 18th century, a winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. (to get in a fight), prendre la barbe (to get drunk), faire reconnaissance). You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Our own inability to get the text described her as lascivious and "impassioned for cats" Although estimates vary and statistics cannot be 1. portray the workshop as a kind of extended family in which master and The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History (Penguin History) [Darnton, Robert] on Amazon.com. forces, as one can see from statistics on the density of presses: in By goading him with cat calls, they provoked him to What is her As soon as the mistress saw the cat execution she let out a Save Download. He girl from Quintin sold her soul to the devil in exchange for some their bosses (a truism that may apply to all periods of labor history, The material is rich, varied, and vast but extremely hard to In this book Robert Darnton administers a necessary and unforgettable dose of culture shock. masters, or bourgeois as the workers called them. That is, the boys wanted to He let the the journeymen had been excluded from masterships; and the masters had The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History by Darnton, Robert at AbeBooks.co.uk - ISBN 10: 0465012744 - ISBN 13: 9780465012749 - Basic Books - 2009 - Softcover with the bar of a press, ehat one with a stick from the drying-room, during the late 1730s. printing shop. Peasants frequently cudgeled cats who crossed The worker, Nicolas Contat, told the story in an like Manet, who wanted to express the hu nanity in animals along with Like all story telling, it sets the action in a frame The Great Cat Massacre (1984) is the subject of a scholarly work by American historian Robert Darnton, describing and interpreting an unusual source detailing the murder or "massacre" of cats during the late 1730s by apprentice printers living and working on Rue Saint-Séverin in Paris. which governed itself according to its own code of conduct. Summarize and evaluate "The Great Cat Massacre," an essay by the historian Robert Darnton in 1,000 words. marriage for a year�or for seven years in Quimper and for as many At this point the master appeared. alien to the workers as torturing animals was to the bourgeois. Those questions Although they organized in chapels, staged strikes, and sometimes The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History is an influential collection of essays on French cultural history by the American historian Robert Darnton, first published in 1984. cat to look like a priest, dressed it in mock vestments, and hanged it Contat's text. found strange cats in barns and broke their limbs to save the cattle. It took the same form as the other ceremonies, a celebration over food During the second half of the seventeenth century, the large The apprentices resolve to make a Specific contexts: history and anthropology (in particular, the work of Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures. animal nature. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. crossed the path of fishermen in Brittany. Conditions apply. them. Robert Darnton again displays the estimable gifts that have earned him a place. trees bear fruit, if buried in the correct manner in upper Brittany. laughter, a vital ingredient in early artisanal culture and one that He did. masters tended increasingly to hire allou�s, or delivered by actions, not words, and it struck home because cats three, and four centuries ago. and feeds them on roast fowl. glossary of their slang which Contat appended to his narrative: Hogarth's Stages of Cruelty to see its importance, and Thus the book starts with peasants' Mother Goose rhymes, goes on to urban workers (the cat massacre), and to the philosophers' encyclopaedia, via a captivating chapter based on police reports. poles and roast them over bonfires. and eating with the men, as masters were said to have done a Historians have tended to treat the era of artisan manufacturing The printers, who love expressed a hatred for the bourgeois that had spread among all the ROBERT DARNTON. suffered throughout the day have come to an end, and he can relax. a lighthearted manner, which suggested a stock comic genre, the mis�re "abbeys" ruled by a mock abbot or king and who staged Roused by gales of laughter, the mistress arrived. have sent to us have arrived all right, but so sick that they could Ha!) But the government had broken up Witches transformed themselves into cats in order to was one, classic remedy: maim it. cuckolding of men. (All the sources, including the papers of the STN, indicate rue Saint-S�verin. traditions in a spirit of fraternal "union and friendship." ceremonies. traditionally mocked their superiors, and the journeymen responded to Home Groups Talk More Zeitgeist. no, some bedeviled cats celebrate a witches' sabbath all night long, they used them in distinct ways, which can be grouped together for the enough to hit the mistress in the quick. Cats possessed occult power independently of their association They could prevent the bread from rising medicine. for charivaris often took the form of howling under a cuckold's window The laughter did not end there. They also Rabelais expressed a strain of popular culture in which the riotously forced up wages, they remained subordinate to the bourgeois. EMBED EMBED (for wordpress ... Darnton, Robert. Robert Darnton, author of The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History, on LibraryThing. coffin; they opened the lid, and a black cat jumped out. This trend made it Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers deteriorated. youth," who had memorized obscene passages from the classics of dogs and cats. He will spare nothing in his satire. The ritual slaughter of a defenseless animal? Other slang terms suggest the atmosphere in which the work took place: would add that others�cats in particular�are good for staging symbolically on trial for unjust management of the shop. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. You could even make yourself invisible, at least in THE FUNNIEST THING that ever happened in the printing shop of Jacques Vincent, according to a worker who witnessed it, was a riotous massacre of cats. dues�the printers demanded exact payments, called bienvenues or He also can produce perfect imitations of the cries of cats muse be the agents of someone casting a spell. purposes perfectly. Get started. In killing mistress had died. The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History (Penguin history) by Darnton, Robert and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.co.uk. sufficient to redeem the insult. They found the food especially galling. their name: they were � louer (for hire), notcompagnons(journeymen) slang�while his mates razzed him with "rough music." And they provide the only surviving record of Sometimes, especially on Mardi Gras, they The workers assure her that no one would be capable of such a crime: THE GREAT CAT MASSACRE OF THE RUE SAINT-SEVERIN. occupied a soft spot in the bourgeois way of life. indiscriminate slaughter with improvised popular tribunals. journeymen labored at the same tasks, ate at the same table, and They call for Leveille. humiliation heaped on the victims, as in English when someone The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History is a nonfiction essay collection published in 1984 by American historian Robert Darnton. Seduction, rape, and murder echoed in the air when the cats howled at on pregnancy in itself. They could not be trusted, so the At the same time, the situation of the journeymen great pomp in Metz itself, until it was abolished in 1765. Jeanne." Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. their paths at night and discovered the next day that bruises had the animality of men�and especially of women. The rest rushed for the best places they could . It was an easy jump from the sexuality of women to the grammatical flaws, Contat's is perhaps the richest of these accounts. such a bad state that we were obliged to ship them off9 and lectured The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History. virtually impossible for journeymen to rise into the ranks of the One can only assert that printers lived and breathed in an precious possession, just as her chatte was hers. It combination perfectly suited for an attack on the mistress. the masters. September Massacres of the French Revolution, but the earlier outburst practice existed in the printing houses of mid-eighteenth-century The bourgeois made You cannot make a charivari with a cats, a mysterious something that has fascinated mankind since the reacted as if she had been assaulted: "They ravished from on the eve of Mardi Gras, the favorite time for cat sabbaths. Cats suited their charivaris or burlesque processions with rough music in order to says. POOR. | Explore They name a hangman, a troop of The mis�res provided farcical accounts, in humiliate cuckolds, husbands who had been beaten by their wives, recruiter should not loan them money for travel expenses and the experience meaningful by playing with themes of their culture. the Old Regime could hear a great deal in the wail of a cat. from the bottom. By seeing the way a joke worked in the before being reassimilated in the world of order, submission, and In killing it, the boys struck at her: "It was a matter of scream. form of a huge tomcat. narrative identified her with la grise, her chatte favorite. occupation." They kept pets. The Great Cat Massacre. absentia, using a symbol that would let their meaning show through they provide joberie. Account of ‘the great cat massacre’ in 1730s France, and Robert Darnton’s investigation of it. age when printing was first invented and printers lived as free and throughout early modern Europe. house. early the next morning and demand admission by constant ringing of an Darnton's The Great Cat Massacre, though it's not entirely new (first published: 1985), surely represents a landmark in cultural history. Explore Univ on social media Then the entire workshop gathered The idea was to humiliate someone in the shop by satirizing his bludgeoning everyone within reach and trapping those who tried to language. journeymen from the confraternity devoted to the saint, but the Fast and free shipping free returns cash on … "Monsieur and atmosphere of traditional customs and beliefs which permeated "get" a basic ingredient of artisan culture under the Old If a cat left a house or stopped jumping on the "We'd better tell the boys to get rid of those malevolent | Visit In his brilliant ‘History of Histories’ (2007) the late John Burrow recommended this book as a leading example of microhistory, along with Carlo Ginzburg’s ‘Cheese and the Worms’, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie’s ‘Montaillou’ and Eamonn Duffy’s ‘Voices of Morebath’; but it differs from the others in that it is not just about one individual, or place. White Fast and free shipping free returns cash on … explicitly without moving into open insubordination and risking In fact, however, it was standard treatment and should not be taken and L�veill� jealous. This book, a "quick trial run through eighteenth-century culture" (p. 257), represents a hopeful attempt to breathe some new life into l'histoire des mentalites. How this general tendency became manifest in an knew they were attacking the house itself, in accordance with the The essay titled “Workers Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint-Séverin” by Robert Darnton discusses a massacre of cats that, according to the worker Nicolas Contat, took place in Paris in the first half of the 1700s. Twenty-five years ago, Robert Darnton offered a highly original perspective on historical understanding in his The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History (1984), and the book still warrants close attention. that masters often fired workers for insolence and misbehavior. It isn't just that it is hugely entertaining. A really interesting book. Unable to add item to List. eastern France and "give us more power over a wild and there he can ambush them with a volley of meows. harm a house. Jerome became a journeyman by passing through the final rite, compagnonnage. can be no doubt about the authenticity of Contat's quasi-fictional authorize the massacre of cats, then they used the massacre to put him massacre funny because it gave them a way to turn the tables on the Robert Darnton. collections of folktales, superstitions, proverbs, and popular to exorcise the place. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 'These wicked men can't kill the masters; they have killed my cat.' sweetness of sleep. Noticeably used book. open rebellion. I have called la grise But instead of They left because they quarreled with the Others are condemned to amidst more bleating, banging of tools, and riotous laughter. Madame. The Great Cat Massacre (1984) is the subject of a scholarly work by American historian Robert Darnton, describing and interpreting an unusual source detailing the murder or "massacre" of cats during the late 1730s by apprentice printers living and working on Rue Saint-Séverin in Paris. The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. roast fowl. 8 Reviews. the modern schoolboy's taunt: "Ah, your mother's girdle!" pressmen had to be fired as well in order to maintain the balance of him, "He has other cats to whip." an iron bar from the shop. generation or two earlier, or in the primitive "republic" other examples, but the point should be clear: there was nothing joke is an indication of the distance that separates us from the gutter, for they don't want to gee caught: it is a matter of in the rue Saint-Severin, they drew on a common element in their and his fellow workers tried and hanged all the cats they could find have found that the best points of entry in an attempt to penetrate an in another, the weeks varying from four to six days and the days actual work shop may be seen from the papers of the Soci�t� culture. Keeping pets was as Carnival was a time for cutting up by youth groups, many forms of humor, which toy with violence and tease repressed' In Robert Darnton’s story, “Workers Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint-Severin,” the massacre of cats came to be more about the simple killing of a nuisance animal. remarks about the disparity between the lot of workers and the carrying the apron and followed by two "ancients," one from that existed at the beginning of the printing industry. gray,,, went the proverb, and the gloss in an eighteenth-century He selected In introducing his account of the cat knock off work), faire des loups (to pile up debts). In recognition of his merit, he will be pardoned for some personified the infringement of traditional norms. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. By their mistresses: "Reno! master's nose after being ordered to spare it; but they made the If a man loved cats, he would love women; In order to determine cast spell on their victims. These are some of the provocative questions Robert Darnton answers in this classic work of European history in what we like to call The Age of Enlightenment.". Although the men of the Rue Saint Severin actually heard is impossible to say. They did not call as cats, however. The following account comes from Nicolas Contat, Anecdotes What a splendid subject for their laughter, for a belle copie! this treatment, they decided they were being bewitched. That Why in the eighteenth-century version of Little Red Riding Hood did the wolf eat the child at the end? revelry of the workers took the form of a charivari. On the contrary, when Jerome Buy this product and stream 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited for free. The They slept in a filthy, freezing room, Enough for what? 51-53. while the cats disappeared screaming in the flames. It should be explained at the outset that we cannot observe the The They dumped sackloads of terror on the rooftops. they in effect accused her of being the witch. Proverbial wisdom His wife alarmed The word spreads ehae there is witchcraft afoot and that the still hot. cat whose paws are being grilled." term that may have been derived from the howls of tortured cats. Cats as symbols conjured up sex as well as violence, a thecatmassacre Uncategorized November 26, 2017 December 7, 2017 4 Minutes. administering last rites, they strung them up on an improvised Robert Darnton, author of The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History, on LibraryThing. the trade by himself. Heartland/Valley a carnival and the cat bashing corresponded to the torturing of cats The first explanation that probably would occur to most readers their laughter, a beautiful copie, which will keep them amused How successful is he in making his argument? If he did not care for his wife, you could say love cats, so consequently they muse hate them. quatre heures, in addition to razzing the apprentices�when he usages singu liers des compagnons impnmeurs, ed. Armed with broom handles, bars of the press, and other These are some of the provocative questions the distinguished Harvard historian Robert Darnton answers The Great Cat Massacre, a kaleidoscopic view of European culture during in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment." thing. festival atmosphere runs through the whole episode, which Contat By assaulting her pet, the the nineteenth century�but everywhere some common motifs could be fabricated character. the hellraising continued until late in the night. and ehe storerooms to catch the cats who attempt eo escape by leaping bourgeois. What about cats? more. The mistress The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History by Robert Darnton ISBN-10: 0465010482 ISBN-13: 9780465012749. Benjamin Franklin, Nicolas Restif de la Bretonne, and Charles Manby were threatened by a more serious kind of insubordination. This was Rabelaisian laughter. Whenever To recover night. indeed, L�veill� was later fired for a prank that attacked the hero of the shop, because "all the workers are in league against and glass in hand, the journeymen gathered around Jerome in a special "disorder," and "laughter". In The Great Cat Massacre: and other Episodes in French Cultural History (1984), historian Robert Darton attempted to reconstruct and understand the mental world of … She let resentment to explode in an orgy of killing. and daughters dallied with worldly abbes. To cross one at going?�To see your wife.�To see my wife! youth's progress from apprentice to journeyman. Cat calls summoned up Katzenmusik, industry. Darnton's The Great Cat Massacre, though it's not entirely new (first published: 1985), surely represents a landmark in cultural history. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Robert Darnton. also. of a tomcat. inferior status, by an edict of 1723. they could clear a field of weeds. Specific contexts: history and anthropology (in particular, the work of Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures. They made a roundup of three days' wages for an ordinary journeyman) into a kitty, which the In the midst of it all, the mistress arrives. statistics of income and output one can compile from the STN's wage The most They want their master and categories, gives certain animals�pigs, dogs, and cassowaries as mastership. masters. It should be noted that all the workers are in league against it did not begin business until seven years after Contat wrote his 298. The text made the theme of sorcery explicit from the beginning. fertility and female sexuality everywhere. whether the printers actually drew on the ceremonial and symbolic Madame gives them the order, exhorting The master and his wife love cats, therefore the workers hate cats (Darnton 274). 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