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 sequence of otherwise angled fragments, each one with its attendant shock, in what one commentator has referred to as Jeffrey Mehlman's amour vache—his injured and sometimes injurious love—for France and the French. The reader will come across masters of the paintings of studying in those pages, the pleasure elicited through their achievements, and the unforeseen (and sometimes unsettling) resonances these achievements have had within the author's lifestyles. With all its idiosyncrasies, Adventures within the French alternate depicts an highbrow new release in ways in which will allure not just those that keep in mind the heady days of the increase and reign of French thought but additionally those that don't. This provocative ebook will be of curiosity to scholars of highbrow background, literary feedback, Jewish stories, the heritage of yank academia, and the style of the memoir itself.
About the author
Jeffrey Mehlman is college 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 new york, 1940–1944 (2000).
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