Making the News: Modernity and the Mass Press in 19th Century France
co-edited by Dean de la Motte and Jeannene Przyblyski
This is a broadly thematic collection that summarizes and critiques itself. Editors Dean de la Motte and Jeannene Przyblyski provide an introduction drawing on Richard Terdiman's theories of writing, discourse, and counter-discourse; let ten contributors elaborate case studies; and allow Terdiman himself to have a final, punchy (after)word that compares the acceleration of media information in nineteenth-century France to our own age of the internet and CNN. The work is divided into three categorical imperatives: "The Press and the Politics of Knowlege," "Readers and Consumers," and "Engendering the News."
Book reviewed by Matt K. Matsuda in
The American Historical Review, Vol. 105, No. 2. (Apr., 2000), pp. 623-624.
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Specifically this collection offers an interesting compilation of topics relating to an under-studied era. France in the last century set a powerful cultural and political influence upon the world, not only in its literature, art, and revolutions, but also in its remark-ably varied journalism. From 1830, beginning the book's chronology, to the century's turn, journalists tacked through a whirlwind from tight censorship to total freedom, from princely proprietors to penny press read by literally a million people. A small chunk of this huge and complex world has been chiseled away for examination here.
Book reviewed by Patrick Washburn and
Ross F. Collins in
Journalism History; Autumn99, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p116, 2p
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DEAN DE LA MOTTE , Vice President of Academic Affairs, has an educational background in comparative literature and also earned his doctorate in comparative literature with a concentration in French. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been editor of two publications and has written numerous articles and conference papers on subjects ranging from the creation of the modern newspaper public in 19th-century France to the role of the chief academic officer in international education. He is also involved in the national conversation on church-related higher education, serving on the National Network Board of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, an ecumenical organization that seeks to "renew and enhance the connections between Christianity and the academic vocation."