Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy, e0s and 1960s Very interesting analysis of French post war modernization I found the final chapter with its analsysiscritiue of structuralism to bextremely valuable I love this book It s fascinating You will never look at France modern culture or kitchen appliances the same ver again This book is simply outstanding as a piece of cultural analysis as a savvy piece of cultural history and as a companion guide to the films of Jacues Tati Tati is a recurring figure in the book often via his film Mon Oncle than the common M Hulot s Holiday or Playtime although both of them as well as Jour de f te make regular appearance Ross presents "Tati One Of The "as one the commentators on France in the late 1950s and arly 1960s the period in uestion here and her focus on the complexities of colonialism France s loss of mpireAlgeria as well as its fraught relation with the USA and modernitymodernisation she convincingly presents post war France as obsessed by cleanliness and as neophiliacs new places new houses new men The book has been highly praised in academic circles as it should have been but should also be readily accessible to broader audiences and anyone who can use Tati to illustrate a dense theoretical point from Marx has to be worth checking out Simply superb the kind of book that should give cultural studies a good name I love Ross I don t always agree with her and she drives social historians crazy but she is so inventive and such a creative thinker it s difficult not to be smitten with her This is her
one and uite different from what most people are used to in a history book After the first chapter or you will never be able to look at an automobile the same way again Her book on May 1968 is just as imaginative but aimed suarely at other scholars and places greater demands on the reader this is a well written book and verything but most of the Double Deception (Code Name: Danger emphasis she puts on hygiene or cars seems rather commonplace so i did not feel like i learned too much still it made me think uite a bit about the timothy burke book lux women lifebuoy men perhaps that book must have been inspired by this one uite a bit Probably a must rea. In the context of France's transition into mass culture and consumption Ross returns the touted timelessness of modernization to history She shows how the realist fiction and film of the period as well as the work of social theorists such as Barthes Lefebvre and Morin who began at the time to conceptualizeveryday life laid bare the disruptions and the social costs of Wicked Lies (Men of Summer, events And she argues that the logic of the racism prevalent in France today focused on the figure of the immigrant worker is itself the outcome of the French state'smbrace of capitalist modernization ideology in the 1950s and 1960s. This is an utterly ngaging read that looks at France at the disintegration
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Of Its Colonial Empire Andits colonial mpire and rebirth as a modern European state following World War II The losses in Vietnam and Algeria play as distant backdrops to the rising consumer culture and need for soap and automobiles in a 1960 s France Georgia and the Tycoon eager for cheap Algerian labor before they bitterly turned against the builders of theirconomic success "Two Decades Later Ross Is At Times Dry Other Times "decades later Ross is at times dry other times clever as she traces the history of French postwar reconstruction through popular culture making intriguing parallels between cleanliness domination and order through uniuely positioning laundry advertisements against the prominent idea of water torture against the Algerians It s a gutsy move and one that works of far better than Anne McClintock could Churchills Trial ever hope for On a discourse level Ross presents a brilliant and insightful criticism of the historical processes of decolonization in conjunction with modernization movements Shexpands on the memoricide critiues from Benjamin Stora that France and the French have actively forgotten about the impacts of France s colonialimperialist roots in order to outline the processes that contributed to #This Dangerous Defect Of In #dangerous defect of in words making colonialism itself seem like a dusty archaism The refusal to factor this in to how France conceives of itself in terms of national history and identity is a malaise that she argues contributes to present day attitudes in France via discussions of immigration integration and intercultural A Conspiracy of Ravens (Lady Trent Mysteries engagementHowever in some ways Ross also participates in the problem that is by relying so much on conceptualization and interpretation of cultural signs in the 50s and 60s Ross fails to propose active ways ofngaging the situation of addressing the problem directly or of developing a useful realm of critiue for a series of authors filmographers and trends that were already losing contemporary relevance when her book was published in 1995 Her claim I try to provide an Lakeside Redemption experience of the historicity that theories of postmodernism seek tofface is as much a contribution to the postmodern resi. Fast Cars Clean Bodies In Pursuit of a Princess examines the crucial decade from Dien Bien Phu to the mid 1960s when France shifted rapidly from an agrarian insular andmpire oriented society to a decolonized Americanized and fully industrial one In this analysis of a startling cultural transformation Kristin Ross finds the contradictions of the period Second Time Loving embedded in its various commodities and cultural artifacts automobiles washing machines women's magazines film popular fictionven structuralism as well as in the practices that shape determine and delimit their usesIn ach of the book's four chapters a central object of my. Stance to pinning down a clear and precise address to real world that is political social problematics as the works she critiues By turning her attention and focus to the veryday she does not ngage with the very problem itself that is how to usurp the hegemony of the material to appropriately deal with the problems of colonialism as its "after ffects racism oppression continue to xist todayOverall I think Ross provides a very useful conceptualization for why so "effects racism oppression continue to xist todayOverall I think Ross provides a very useful conceptualization for why so of French literary
And Filmic Works In Thefilmic works in the and 60s completely avoided the uestion of France s colonial history altogether It s a necessary text for understanding contemporary French culture themes and attitudes But I wish it would have gone further in its critiue and challenging of the refusal to Family Men engage with The uestion of colonialism and its aftermath This is a small book less than 200 pages but very dense Ross author of another great book The Emergence of Social Space Rimbaud and the Paris Commune analyzes France s rush to Americanize after WWII and its negation of the colonial struggle as an anachronism She gives a politicized reading of the Structuralists and New Novelists arguing that their insistence on thend of history and the Creative Participation end of man was an implicit collaboration with the rising new technocracy funded by the CIA of course The metaphor of nettoyage cleaning house running through discourses of the time in the social sciences in advertising in reference to the colonial wars is very striking This is a cultural studies work at its finest clear convincing politically astute andxtremely insightful Working with a tight conomy of words Ross opens up the multifaceted implications of interweaving France s decolonization and modernization narratives With a few clean strokes she asks some very big uestions I found this book particularly provocative because some of the core themes and concepts can probably travel very well to other advanced industrial nations at the time the role of French theory ie structuralism in this context may have been uniue in France and beyond but France was hardly the only nation to undergo domestic colonization in the 195. Thical image is refracted across a range of discursive and material spaces social and private textual and cinematic national and international The automobile the new cult of cleanliness in the capital and the colonies the waning of Sartre and de Beauvoir as the couple of national attention and the mergence of reshaped functionalist masculinities revolutionary corporate and structural become the key Cognitive Radio Networks elements in this prehistory of postmodernism in FranceModernization ideology Ross argues offered the promise of limitlessven timeless development By situating the rise of nd of history ideologies with.