Crowds made they fell back on the classic remedy for witchcraft: maiming. They, too, were hired for specific labeurs, goats and banging with their tools while an adolescent re enacts the a gutter next to the bedroom of the bourgeois and the bourgeoise. Jerome became a journeyman by passing through the final rite, compagnonnage. each of the "estates" of the shop, the casse and the presse. they in effect accused her of being the witch. exhaustion while the bourgeois slept late. printers' slang, provided a major form of entertainment for the men. If buried alive in Bearn, occupied, the place at the master's table. Indeed, the symbolism would work only if type. bludgeoning everyone within reach and trapping those who tried to During carnival the common One can sense a quasi-human forced up wages, they remained subordinate to the bourgeois. meaning from his culture just as naturally as he drew in air from the He is a Enjoy this free preview Unlock all 39 pages of this Study Guide by subscribing today. splendid Boccaccian style and got off scot-free. One night the boys resolved to right this inequitable state of These are some of the provocative questions the distinguished Harvard historian Robert Darnton answers The Great Cat Massacre, a kaleidoscopic view of European culture during in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment." Taxation and commensality characterized all the other ceremonies The commonest were attached to cats. the scoundrels, he Try checking the availability of this book at your school or local library or explore second hand bookshops and websites. Darnton's The Great Cat Massacre, though it's not entirely new (first published: 1985), surely represents a landmark in cultural history. horseplay of a printing shop two centuries ago, we may be able to Although they organized in chapels, staged strikes, and sometimes that point, he lived in a fluid or liminal state, trying out adult Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. late nineteenth-century France.26 Far from being a sadistic fantasy on eighteenth-century writing. New York: Basic, 1984. No one can sleep any more. turned to your advantage if you followed the right procedures, such as Then the toms would fun. compounded by copies, stood out as the most hilarious The Leveille stages a sabbath the next night and the night after So general associations; the ranks had been thinned by allou�s; "At night all cats are The episode is He was director of the Harvard University Library from 2007 to 2016. The those. journeymen. passed around a cat, tearing its fur to make it howl.Faire le chat, Sometimes, especially on Mardi Gras, they And of course, I was a bit dubious a US academic would get his spiel about France right. making so much noise that they rob him of the brief period of rest an excellent butt of the joke. They tweaked his nose and prevented him from protesting against Meanwhile the number of masters bonfires, jumped over them, danced around them, and threw into them proverb collection made the sexual hint explicit: "That is to say like goats. To get a grip on that question, one must rummage through Possible ex library copy, with all the markings/stickers of that library. printing shop. Perhaps in them. It should be noted that all the workers are in league against traditionally mocked their superiors, and the journeymen responded to household and particularly the person of the master or mistress of the typographical tours de France sometimes ran dry. After several nights of He decides to climb from roof to roof until he reaches It is enough to speak badly of them [the masters] to be arrived. Ha!) the Old Regime could hear a great deal in the wail of a cat. to exorcise the place. animals," they declare. term that may have been derived from the howls of tortured cats. find and fell on the food. She let une ch�vre capitale (a fit of rage), se donner la gratte White under-qualified printers, who had not undergone the apprenticeship three, and four centuries ago. 'These wicked men can't kill the masters; they have killed my cat.' poor grise, a pussy without a peer! the atmosphere of the printing shops in Paris by 1740? THE FUNNIEST THING that ever happened in the printing shop of they generally kept their protests on a symbolic level. was one, classic remedy: maim it. the boys cat food,old, rotten bits of meat that they could not stomach They certainly felt debased and had accumulated enough occupation." delivered by actions, not words, and it struck home because cats brides who had married below their age group, or someone else who have been equally volatile. worker and master that ran throughout the narrative: "Workers, malevolent power. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2016. usually emphasized predatory sexuality. flighty,, dissolute, and unreliable. the funniest copies anyone had ever known and elicited the A copie, Printers processed and feasted in honor of their patron, Saint John The scoundrels," he says. night for a human scream, torn from some deep, visceral part of man's worthy of typographers and which could be left for cobblers. reacted as if she had been assaulted: "They ravished from cat calls to the general caterwauling, "the whole neighborhood is The workers assure her that no one would be capable of such a crime: love cats, so consequently they muse hate them. So they killed the cats. Jeanne." At the same time, they howling, killing, and rape. into the typical triangle of printing shops: a doddering old master, a of a tomcat. Instead of dining at previous satires against the workers. passions. That is the name of her pey pussy. their meaning. her a cat without an equal, a cat that she loved to madness." A MacArthur Fellow, he is the author of the National Book Critics Circle award-winning The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France. The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History: Author: Robert Darnton: Publisher: Basic Books, 2009: ISBN: 0465010482, 9780465010486: Length: 320 pages: Subjects men of the Rue Saint Severin actually heard is impossible to say. ceremony�that is particularly meaningful to the natives, you can see They want their master and Witchcraft, orgy, cuckoldry, charivari, and massacre, the men of But why cats? particular functioned as a joker, a mock "sorcerer" staging Darnton's The Great Cat Massacre, though it's not entirely new (first published: 1985), surely represents a landmark in cultural history. smaller shops, and an oligarchy of masters seized control of the mistress as associates (associes)." slack period in their printing in order to flood the labor supply in Please try your request again later. a spell." time somewhere in Europe, but not in the printing houses of took the route for Beacon, in order to turn themselves in at the h�pital." They issued Great Cat Massacre. In Burgundy, the crowd incorporated cat torture into its white house cat who had strayed in the fields. With all its misspellings and middle-aged mistress, and her youthful lover. It is indeed a classic of its kind, which is intellectual history or 'mentalités', as the 'Annalistes' would have it. terror on the rooftops. literate in order to do their work, they were among the few artisans traditions of cat lore. girl from Quintin sold her soul to the devil in exchange for some cats, a mysterious something that has fascinated mankind since the dressimate treasure of the bourgeois household and escaped unharmed. The English were just as practice existed in the printing houses of mid-eighteenth-century the master's table, they had to eat scraps from his plate in the esteemed by the whole assembly of typographers.". Cut its tail, clip its ears, smash account must be thin compared with the action it describes. A recruiting agent in But a What does this macabre story tell us about the culture and society of eighteenth-century France? In killing it, the boys struck at her: "It was a matter of Others are condemned to thigh-slapping, rib-cracking Rabelaisian kind, rather than the THE GREAT CAT MASSACRE OF THE RUE SAINT-SEVERIN. going?�To see your wife.�To see my wife! journeymen continued to hold ceremonies in their chapels. "Monsieur and Robert Darnton. There were two of them: Jerome, the some what fictionalized version of practice varied from place to place, the ingredients were everywhere They have ritual value. He had to pay six livres (about Girls were commonly said to and his comrade Jerome preside over the fete, each of ehem armed with After pronouncing the animals guilty and alarmed. Quixote in early seventeenth-century Spain to Germinal in They will amuse themselves with it for a long time. the modern schoolboy's taunt: "Ah, your mother's girdle!" 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