By Jeffrey Mehlman
This memoir is much less a chronicle of the lifetime of a number one student and critic of issues French than a chain of otherwise angled fragments, every one with its attendant shock, in what one commentator has referred to as Jeffrey Mehlman's amour vache—his injured and infrequently injurious love—for France and the French. The reader will come upon masters of the artwork of studying in those pages, the excitement elicited by way of their achievements, and the unforeseen (and sometimes unsettling) resonances these achievements have had within the author's existence. With all its idiosyncrasies, Adventures within the French alternate depicts an highbrow new release in ways in which will allure not just those that bear in mind the heady days of the increase and reign of French thought but additionally those that don't. This provocative e-book may be of curiosity to scholars of highbrow historical past, literary feedback, Jewish reviews, the historical past of yank academia, and the style of the memoir itself.
About the author
Jeffrey Mehlman is collage Professor and Professor of French Literature at Boston collage. 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 big apple: French Intellectuals in Wartime new york, 1940–1944 (2000).
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