Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Close
Village Bells Sound and Meaning in the Nineteenth-Century French Countryside cover
  • ISBN: 9780231104500
  • ISBN10: 0231104502

Village Bells Sound and Meaning in the Nineteenth-Century French Countryside

by Alain Corbin

  • List Price: $90.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/1998
used Add to Cart $6.73
You save: 93%
Marketplace Item
new Add to Cart $67.50
You save: 25%
Marketplace Item
Description
In the French canton of Brienne in November 1799, local authorities were scandalized when a crowd of girls broke through the doors of the church and rang the bells in order to mark the festival of St. Catherine. Religious use of the bells was forbidden by law, but the villagers boldly insisted on their right to celebrate with peals the feast of a beloved saint. So begins "Village Bells, " Alain Corbins exploration of the "auditory landscape" of nineteenth-century France, a story of lost sensory experiences and forgotten passions. In the nineteenth century, these instruments were symbols of their towns and objects of both ecclesiastic and civic pride. Bell-ringing served practical purposes of communication, marking both religious and secular time, as well as calling citizens to pray, assemble, take arms, or beware of danger. As Corbin shows, the bells also reflected the social, political, and religious struggles of the time. To control the bells was to control the symbolic order, rhythm, and loyalties of French village and country life.
Using church archives and local documents, Corbin forges a unique history of the role of bells from the aftermath of the Revolution to the dawn of the twentieth century. He charts how the First Republic (1792-1804) moved toward a more secular society, turning many bells into coins and cannonballs and seizing others as property of the state. A gradual return to the religious use of bells occurred in the nineteenth century, even as their new secular roles were maintained. Corbin describes the battles over the marking of religious versus secular time, as calls to prayer, the celebration of religious feasts, and the marking of rites of passage -baptism,marriage, and death -competed with tolls indicating the passing hours or marking assemblies, elections, or republican holidays.
Thoroughly documented and recounted with intriguing narratives, "Village Bells" provides an original approach to nineteenth-century French cultural, social, and political history. As Corbin notes, the bells are no longer essential to our lives -their qualitative, sacred time and space replaced by the quantitative, secular measures of the clock -but by understanding their lost symbolic and practical importance we open a window onto the age in which they rang.
Expand description
Seller Condition Comments Price  
Sixth Chamber, Inc

Location: St. Paul, MN
Good
Columbia University Press 1998. Dust jacket lightly worn along spine and edges. Good Condition per Guidelines. Unless Listed in this decription, VG or Better.
$6.73
Clickgoodwill

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Good
This is a hard cover book. The dust jacket shows normal wear and tear. The pages have normal wear. We ship Monday-Saturday and respond to inquries within 24 hours.
$8.40
Books-FYI

Location: cadiz, KY
Very Good
Shipping Icon
$8.41
Shopbookaholic

Location: Wichita, KS
Good
Shipping Icon
General Used Condiiton. Minor Defects may Exist. Minimal Shelf wear. Text may
[...]
$8.41
BookHouse On-Line

Location: Minneapolis, MN
Good
Shipping Icon
Good hardcover. Ex-library. No dust jacket. Binding is tight, sturdy, and
[...]
$9.56
Weller Book Works, A.B.A.A.

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Like New
Shipping Icon
0231104502 Corbin, Alain. Village Bells: Sound and Meaning in the
[...]
$11.25
Abracadabra Books

Location: Denver, CO
Like New
Shipping Icon
ISBN 0-231-10450-2.
$15.75
Calico Cat Bookshop

Location: Ventura, CA
Good
Shipping Icon
Book Shows Spartan underlining. Otherwise in near new condition. Fast shipping. Free delivery confirmation. Thank you.
$16.87
Powell's Books

Location: Portland, OR
Very Good
$19.75
Kings Ridge Media

Location: Appleton, WI
Good
Good Condition item. May Include Some writing or highlighting. We strive to provide the best shopping experience with every item we sell. Satisfaction guaranteed! !
$23.57
Murphy-Brookfield Books

Location: Iowa City SE, IA
Like New
Shipping Icon
0231104502.
$28.12
Powell's Books

Location: Portland, OR
Very Good
$29.70
One Stop Shop Bookstore

Location: Memphis, TN
Good
Shipping Icon
$35.38
One Stop Shop Bookstore

Location: Memphis, TN
Good
Shipping Icon
$36.80
Ables Bookstore

Location: chattanooga, TN
Good
Shipping Icon
$50.97
Book Panther

Location: Wellington, FL
New
0231104502 New Condition.
$67.50
Lyric Vibes

Location: Geneva, IL
New
Shipping Icon
0231104502 New Condition *** Right Off the Shelf | Ships within 2 Business Days ~~~ Customer Service Is Our Top Priority! -Thank you for LOOKING: -)
$119.18