With over 700 entries from an international team of contributors, this wide-ranging work crosses the traditional boundaries between disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and defines French culture in its broadest sense.
Areas covered include:
* food and wine
* gender and sexuality
* visual arts.
Entries range from shorter, factual contributions to longer overview essays, and provide an essential context for anyone studying French, as well as for readers with an interest in critical theory and those pursuing comparative studies in European culture. To assist readers with their research a classified contents list identifies relevant entries within a particular field. The articles are extensively cross-referenced to provide links between subjects and conclude with annotated suggestions for further reading.
Table of Contents
Architecture. Cultural Institutions and Phenomena. Economy. Education and Research. Fashion and Design. Film. Food and Drink. History. Intellectual Life. Language and National Identity. Literature and Popular Fiction. Media: General. Media: Press. Media: Publishing. Media: Radio. Media: Television. Music. Performing Arts. Politics. Religion. Society. Sport and Leisure. Visual Arts. Writers
Alex Hughes is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Birmingham, and Keith Reader is Head of French Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
'This excellent new Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture is a vivid and widely angled snapshot made user-friendly for the non-specialist observer ... authoritative and stimulating ... this encyclopedia will define contemporary French culture for a generation. This very informative and thoughtful Encyclopedia will be a boon to all France-watchers.' - Times Literary Supplement
'Articles are lucid, informative, reliable and of value to both the novice and the expert. It is a well balanced, impressive piece of work and an essential reference tool for all relevant libraries.' - Reference Reviews