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Body and Tradition in Nineteenth-Century France – Félix Arnaudin and the Moorlands of Gascony, 1870-1914 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Body and Tradition in Nineteenth-Century France: Félix Arnaudin and the Moorlands of Gascony, 1870-1914

William G. Pooley


The moorlands of Gascony are often considered one of the most dramatic examples of top-down rural modernization in nineteenth-century Europe. From an area of open moors, they were transformed in one generation into the largest man-made forest in Europe. This book explores how these changes were experienced and negotiated by the people who lived there, drawing on the immense ethnographic archive of Félix Arnaudin (1844–1921). The book replaces the songs, stories, and everyday speech that Arnaudin collected, as well as the photographs he took, in the everyday lives of agricultural workers and ar ... More

Keywords: folklore, the body, modernization, sexuality, folksong, folktale, dialect, werewolf, moorland, Félix Arnaudin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198847502
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198847502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William G. Pooley, author
Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Bristol