~Darnton - James Lullo Response Paper: Darnton The final...

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James Lullo Response Paper: Darnton The final two chapters of Darnton’s book Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revloutionary France (referred to as Forbidden ) argues against contemporary historian’s currently accepted conclusions on the role of reading in France. The first selection entitled “Reader Response” looks into the reactions of readers in 18 th century France to various philosophical and political works. To begin, Darnton argues that contemporary historians’ application of the “reading revolution” in Germany is incorrect in France. While considering the change in reading habits, Darnton focuses on the difference in political atmospheres which brought about different causes of revolution in England, France, and Germany. The extension of reading materials from mainly religious texts which were read repeatedly, to philosophical and political works served to form public opinion against the monarchy. The government at the time believed that these works could “produce powerful responses and theat
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