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Adapting Brittany

The Ker-Is Legend in Bande Dessinée

Armelle Blin-Rolland

The story of Ker-Is, a mythical city swallowed by the ocean in the fifth century, is one of Brittany’s best-known legends. Its first known mention dates back to the fifteenth century, and it has since been repeatedly iterated across time and media

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Pious Women in a “Den of Scorpions”

The Piety and Patronage of the Eleventh-Century Countesses of Brittany

Amy Livingstone

As the mythic home of Merlin and King Arthur, Brittany held an important place in the imaginations of medieval people, but Brittany also had a reputation as an unstable, uncivilized backwater. Baudri of Bourgueil, the bishop of Dol, referring to

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Consent is not as Simple as Tea

Student Activism against Rape Culture

Brittany Adams

their newly acquired critical frameworks and facility with media to invite viewers to re-see and reimagine a better, kinder world. References Adams , Brittany . 2020 . “ ‘I Didn't Feel Confident Talking about This Issue … But I Knew I Could

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Brittany Kiessling and Keely Maxwell

Discovery and Cleaning of Identified Hazardous Waste Sites on House Values .” Land Economics 71 ( 4 ): 428 – 435 . doi: 10.2307/3146708 . 10.2307/3146708 Kiessling , Brittany , Keely Maxwell , and Jenifer A. Buckley. 2021 . “The Sedimented

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Thomas Kselman

This article examines some of Langlois's major works on nineteenth-century French Catholicism, which taken together suggest a vision langloisienne defined by three central, intimately interrelated insights. First, for Langlois a chronology of French Catholicism based on an assumption of an ineluctable process of dechristianization needs to be replaced by a more nuanced and contingent understanding of the evolution of belief and practice. Second, a revised chronology illuminates important sectors of creative vitality within Catholicism, particularly with regard to female religious congregations. Third, historians of religion must be willing to use a variety of methods in exploring their subject; social scientific approaches are crucial, but they complement rather than replace traditional narrative, biography, and a close reading of literary texts. The article concludes with reflections on the normative posture that is implicit in Langlois's historical writing, a position based on his commitment to the values of toleration and equality.

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Carl Thompson, ed., Shipwreck in Art and Literature: Images and Interpretations from Antiquity to the Present Day (2014) Reviewed by Christopher L. Pastore

Guy Galazka, À la découverte de la Palestine: Voyageurs français en Terre sainte au XIXe siècle (2011) Reviewed by Roland Le Huenen

Patrick Young, Enacting Brittany: Tourism and Culture in Provincial France, 1871–1939 (2012) Reviewed by Ellen Badone

L. Kaifa Roland, Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha: An Ethnography of Racial Meaning (2011) Reviewed by Valerio Simoni

Wolfgang Koeppen, Journey through America (2012) Reviewed by Lina L. Tegtmeyer

Simon Cooke, Travellers' Tales of Wonder: Chatwin, Naipaul, Sebald (2013) Reviewed by John W. Presley

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Strange Encounters during Wartime

Bécassine chez les Turcs

Annabelle Cone

Too ideologically conservative to associate with contemporary bande dessinée, the Bécassine albums (1905-1939) nonetheless provide a rich historical and sociological archive of French behaviors, values and attitudes during the latter half of the Third Republic. A closer reading of the four albums set during the First World War, and the fourth one in particular, Bécassine chez les Turcs, helps to demystify the place in the world of France as superpower. The partnering of exotic 'Others' - a maid from Brittany with an Arab immigrant - further complicates a plot unable to end the war with patriotic unity and a return to the status quo. Bécassine the character puts a human face on displacement as she befriends colonised subjects. This study yields a vision of a smaller, more fragile France for readers who are not as much nostalgic for a glorious past as eager to decipher the complexity of a troubled time through the eyes of a subaltern observer.

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Panique Celtique

Manau's Celtic Rap, Breton Cultural Expression, and Contestatory Performance in Contemporary France

Charles R. Batson

The highly successful 1998 album Panique celtique launched the group of rappers known as Manau and their self-styled "Celtic rap fusion" onto the French musical scene, bringing Breton binious to join the beatboxes on France's hip-hop radio stations and concert stages. As they engage a strikingly heteroclite blending of both rap and Breton musical traditions, Manau's work configures a Celtic Brittany as a rich site of contestation and revalorization. This article traces histories of French-language rap and Breton musical expression and analyzes their politicized uses in their respective historico-cultural contexts. Concluding with an exploration of current questions concerning how the past informs the shape of present performance, especially in light of Breton cultural particularities, the author suggests that Manau's rapped Celtic stylings both occasion an interrogation of cultural identity through music and point to charged social meanings attributed to performed Frenchness and Otherness in early twenty-first-century France.

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Cynthia Maurer

Ashley, Brittany, Sylvia, and Tiffany, who was absent during the incidents presented here, were all eight and nine years of age. Hangout sessions occurred at the house of one of the girls, often Ashley’s, and included viewing two episodes of a television

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Comics and Adaptation

Armelle Blin-Rolland, Guillaume Lecomte, and Marc Ripley

, France and the bilingual non-state culture of Brittany), German, Italian and Iberian contexts. It follows from and complements a previous special issue of European Comic Art on comics adaptations of literary works, broadening the scope to look also at