This is a volume of 12 fictional dialogues of the French Revolutionary period in which the various interlocuters try to come to terms with an evolving polical reality and a language which is constantly developing. The dialogues should interest cultural historians wishing to have access to rare texts in which political satire and contemporary debate are always apparent. They should also interest specialists in the French language who wish to see how fictional texts attempt to incorporate the evolution of the language during the crisis. The texts themselves are lively and comic, offering an insight into the lives of ordinary people during the Revolution. This series of French texts is sponsored by the Department of French, University of Exeter. These editions are works of the past which are important because of their literary and historic value, but which have not been readily accessible to scholars. Each text is accompanied by an introduction, select bibliography and essential notes, all in French.
Malcom Cook is Emeritus Professor in French Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Exeter.