By Julian Bourg,François Dosse

Madame de Pompadour's recognized quip, 'Apr_s nous, le deluge,' serves as becoming notion for this vigorous dialogue of postwar French highbrow and cultural existence. during the last thirty years, North American and ecu scholarship has been considerably reworked by means of the absorption of poststructuralist and postmodernist theories from French thinkers. yet Julian Bourg's seamlessly edited quantity proves that, traditionally talking, French intellecutal and cultural existence on account that global battle has concerned even more than a number of notorious figures and ideas. stimulated by means of a wish to narrate and contextualize the deluge of 'French theory,' After the Deluge showcases fresh paintings by way of present day brightest students of French highbrow historical past that historicizes key debates, figures, and turning issues within the postwar period of French proposal. counting on fundamental and archival assets, individuals research, between different subject matters: left-wing reviews of the Left, the internationalizing of proposal, the institutional and affective stipulations of cultural lifestyles, and the non secular mind's eye. They revive overlooked debates and figures, and so they discover the bigger influence of political quarrels. In an afterword, preeminent French historian Fran_ois Dosse heralds the coming of a brand new new release, a historiographical sensibility that brings clean, unique views and a fondness for French historical past to the modern French highbrow enviornment. After the Deluge provides major intensity and breadth to our knowing of postwar French highbrow and cultural history.

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