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Author Hunt, Lynn, 1945-
Title The family romance of the French Revolution / Lynn Hunt.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992.

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Author Hunt, Lynn, 1945-
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Subject Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793 -- Death and burial.
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Psychological aspects.
Symbolism in politics -- France -- History -- 18th century.
Families -- France -- 18th century.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 213 pages) : illustrations
Note "A Centennial book"--Half title page.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This latest work from an author known for her contributions to the new cultural history is a daring multidisciplinary investigation of the imaginative foundations of modern politics. "Family romance" was coined by Freud to describe the fantasy of being freed from one's family and belonging to one of higher social standing. In Freud's view, the family romance was a way for individuals to fantasize about their place in the social order. Hunt uses the term more broadly, to describe the images of the familial order underlying revolutionary politics. She investigates the narratives of family relations that structured the collective political unconscious. Most Europeans in the eighteenth century thought of their rulers as fathers and of their nations as families writ large. The French Revolution violently disrupted that patriarchal model of authority and raised troubling questions about what was to replace it. The king and queen were executed after dramatic separate trials. Prosecutors in the trial of the queen accused her of exerting undue influence on the king and his ministers, engaging in sexual debauchery, and even committing incest with her eight-year-old son. Hunt focuses on the meaning of killing the king-father and the queen-mother and what these ritual sacrifices meant to the establishment of a new model of politics. In a wide-ranging account that uses novels, engravings, paintings, speeches, newspaper editorials, pornographic writing, and revolutionary legislation about the family, Hunt shows that politics were experienced through the grid of the family romance.
Contents The family model of politics -- The rise and fall of the good father -- The band of brothers -- The bad mother -- Sade's family politics -- Rehabilitating the family.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780520913776 (electronic bk.)
0520913779 (electronic bk.)
058517833X (electronic bk.)
9780585178332 (electronic bk.)
0520082702 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780520082700 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 44955806
Additional Format Print version: Hunt, Lynn Avery. Family romance of the French Revolution. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992 0520077415 (DLC) 91026852 (OCoLC)24247537
Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations 
1The Family Model of Politics1
2The Rise and Fall of the Good Father17
3The Band of Brothers53
4The Bad Mother89
5Sade's Family Politics124
6Rehabilitating the Family151
 Epilogue: Patriarchy in the Past Tense?193

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