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An Analysis of Natalie Zemon Davis's The Return of Martin Guerre

1st Edition

By Joseph Tendler

Macat Library

114 pages

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Few stories are more captivating than the one told by Natalie Zemon Davis in The Return of Martin Guerre. Basing her research on records of a bizarre court case that occurred in 16th-century France, she uses the tale of a missing soldier – whose disappearance threatens the livelihood of his peasant wife – to explore complex social issues. Davis takes rich material – dramatic enough to have been the basis of two major films – and uses it to explore issues of identity, women's role in peasant society, the interior lives of the poor, and the structure of village society, all of them topics that had previously proved difficult for historians to grapple with.

Davis displays fine qualities of reasoning throughout – not only in constructing her own narrative, but also in persuading her readers of her point of view. Her work is also a fine example of good interpretation – practically every document in the case needs to be assessed for issues of meaning.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the Text

Who was Natalie Zemon Davis?

What does The Return of Martin Guerre Say?

Why does The Return of Martin Guerre Matter?

Section 1: Influences

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context

Module 2: Academic Context

Module 3: The Problem

Module 4: The Author's Contribution

Section 2: Ideas

Module 5: Main Ideas

Module 6: Secondary Ideas

Module 7: Achievement

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work

Section 3: Impact

Module 9: The First Responses

Module 10: The Evolving Debate

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today

Module 12: Where Next?

Glossary of Terms

People Mentioned in the Text

Works Cited

About the Author

Dr Joseph Tendler received his PhD from the University of St Andrews. He is a specialist in Historiography, the study of how history is conceived and written, and is the author of Opponents of the Annales School.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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HISTORY / General
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General