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Seminar Reading: Week 10

The French Revolution: a cinematographic perspective

SCREENING OF FILM: MON DEC 04, 5:00-8:00 pm, Oculus 0.04 (2023)

Core primary source

Jean Renoir, La Marseillaise (1938), in French (subtitled).

Lyrics of La Marseillaise.

Edith Piaf's La MarseillaiseLink opens in a new window

Edith Piaf's Ça ira!Link opens in a new window!

Core secondary readings

Laura Mason, 'Celebrating Popular Revolution: Jean Renoir’s La Marseillaise (1938)Link opens in a new window', on H-France.

Tom Brown, 'The Performance of History in La Marseillaise', in Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vindendeau (eds), A Companion to Jean Renoir (Chichester, West Sussex, UK; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Ronald Schechter, 'Translating the "Marseillaise": Biblical Republicanism and the Emancipation of Jews in Revolutionary France', Past & Present, 143 (1994), pp. 128-155.


Also of Interest

Sarah Hanley, “European History in Text and Film: Community and Identity in France, 1550-1945”, French Historical Studies - Volume 25, Number 1, Winter 2002, pp. 3-19.

Laura Mason, Singing the French Revolution: Popular Culture and Politics, 1787-1799 (1997), pp. 93-129.