Literature, theater in Paris

Honoré, delighted! | A famous first name…

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“To make a name for oneself, one has to be known,” said Jules Renard. From the writer to the cake, the name of Honoré is a well-known one! We trace the origins of this very French first name… Honoré is a French male first name, from the Latin “honoratus”, meaning honorable, esteemed, considered. It is […]...

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May 13, 2014 | 3:48 pm |

Literature | Paris in the Middle Ages

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The first novels in French literature The novels of Tristan and the legend of Tristan and Iseut (or Iseult), from the Celtic and Norman oral traditions, tell a magical and human story. The Song of Roland idealises the exploits of Charlemagne’s army. Chrétien de Troyes and his novels of the Round Table was the first […]...

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May 6, 2013 | 8:44 am |

Literature | Paris during the Renaissance (16th Century)

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The Pléiade, Pierre de Ronsard, Joachim du Bellay A group of seven poets, including the anti-protestant Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585) and Joachim du Bellay (1522-1560) formed the Pléiade in 1553 in the hope of pushing back ignorance by spreading the culture of Antiquity. These poets imposed the alexandrine, the ode and the sonnet and wrote […]...

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May 4, 2013 | 6:02 am |

Literature and Theatre | The Days of the Sun King (17th Century)

Literature and Theatre | The Days of the Sun King (17th Century)

L’Académie française (French Academy) The French Academy was founded in 1685 and established rules for vocabulary, syntax and poetic style. The Solitaires of Port-Royal-des-Champs  laid down the grammatical rules. The social ideal moved from the humanist to the Honest Man, cultivated and sociable. The first dictionaries appeared at the end of the 17th century. Literature […]...

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April 25, 2013 | 10:22 am |

Literature and Theatre | The Age of Enlightenment (18th Century)

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18th Century Writers Sought Independence from Political and Religious Powers and Defended Freedom of Expression. Literature In 1749, Diderot was imprisoned in Vincennes for one of his publications. The Encyclopédie‘s faith in Progress was the start of dechristianisation in society which met with opposition from the Church, which was opposed to the ideas of Enlightenment. […]...

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