The Enemy Within: Culture Wars and Political Identity in Novels of the French Third Republic

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In "The Enemy Within," Gilbert D. Chaitin deepens our understanding of the nature and sources of culture wars during the French Third Republic. The psychological trauma caused by the Ferry educational reform laws of 1880-1882, which strove to create a new national identity based on secular morality rather than God-given commandments, pitted Catholics against proponents of lay education and gave rise to novels by Bourget, Barres, A. France, and Zola. By deploying Lacanian concepts to understand the erotics of politics ...

The Enemy Within: Culture Wars and Political Identity in Novels of the French Third Republic 2008, Ohio State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780814202319

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