French as Language of Intimacy in the Modern Age

Le Français, Langue de l'Intime à l'Époque Moderne et Contemporaire

Edited by Madeleine van Strien-Chardonneau and Marie-Christine Kok Escalle

French as Language of Intimacy in the Modern Age

Edited by Madeleine van Strien-Chardonneau and Marie-Christine Kok Escalle

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

210 pages | 12 halftones | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2016
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9789462980594 Published March 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
For centuries, French was the language of international commercial and diplomatic relations, a near-dominant language in literature and poetry, and was widely used in teaching. It even became the fashionable language of choice in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries for upper class Dutch, Russians, Italians, Egyptians, and others for personal correspondence, travel journals, and memoirs. This book is the first to take a close look at how French was used in that latter context: outside of France, in personal and private life. It gathers contributions from historians, literary scholars, and linguists and covers a wide range of geographical areas.
 
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