Essays on Early Modern European Popular Culture and the Formation of Nationalism
The first essay in this collection explores the literary history of Catalonia, mining for pre-modern expressions of separatist nationalism. The literature of Catalonia from the twelfth century to the modern period is divided into distinct movements?Golden Age, Renaixença, Noucentisme, and the contemporary period?but themes such as embracing and preserving the vernacular and likening the small, sea-bounded region to ancient Greece unite the literature into a distinct heritage. The second essay expands this scope, evaluating literary history, pre-modern expressions of nationalism, and popular culture in Catalonia, France, and England. The third essay builds upon the historiographical foundations of the previous essays and examines the French trade in bibliothèques bleues, including the contributions of the Oudot family and Marie Promé, also known as ?la veuve de Nicolas Oudot.?