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by brittlesmile
Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: J'aime mieux ma mère: (Republican?) Motherhood
Replies: 14
Views: 1003

J'aime mieux ma mère: (Republican?) Motherhood

So for non-Les Mis academic reasons, I've been looking into concepts of 'Republican Motherhood' ideology (which basically describes the role envisioned for women during the American Revolution, wherin they served to teach their children to be good citizens) pertaining to the French Revolution and I ...
by brittlesmile
Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello again or for the first time!
Replies: 6
Views: 681

Hello again or for the first time!

So, years ago I was active on here and then life got busy and I dropped out of the fandom. But seeing the film has got me excited to read the book again, so I figured I'd come back here for support through my first ever French read-through. As for who I am, I'm a semester away from graduating with a...
by brittlesmile
Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:57 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Les Misérables as a Romantic Novel
Replies: 7
Views: 4737

Re: Les Misérables as a Romantic Novel

whereas the withering, womanizing, obnoxious and long-winded Gillenormond is pro- the old regime. This is totally tangential, but I really love the image of supporters of the old regime as likeable but vaguely annoying grandfather figures :) Back on topic, I'm in a class on Romanticism in Scotland ...
by brittlesmile
Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Fan Art
Topic: Small colour works - "The People"
Replies: 171
Views: 10085

Re: Small works in colour - Enjolras Farouche

My first thought is that Enjolras must have hit someone in the teeth because, at least in amount of blood, it vividly recalls the memory my getting a martial arts wound from doing that. Of course I cried like a baby. But I am not farouche. But I really think it speaks to your talent as an artist and...
by brittlesmile
Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Read-Through
Topic: 1.1 Un Juste/An Upright Man, 1/9/10-14/09/10
Replies: 109
Views: 8955

Re: 1.1 Un Juste/An Upright Man, 1/9/10-14/09/10

Mlle Baptistine was tall, pale, thin, and gentle, a perfect expression of all that is implied by the world 'respectable': for it seems that a woman must become a mother before she can be termed 'venerable'. Seriousness or sarcasm on Hugo's part? I always took it as seriousness, considering that all...
by brittlesmile
Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:02 am
Forum: Read-Through
Topic: The Abaissé Read Through of Les Misérables!
Replies: 37
Views: 5028

Re: The Abaissé Read Through of Les Misérables!

For everyone who's attempting a read-through in French, here's an online dictionary where you can find definitions for the more obscure words/usages you might come across: http://www.lexilogos.com/francais_langue_dictionnaires.htm . My French prof recommends using the Littré or the or the Trésor for...
by brittlesmile
Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: The great social problem: methods of attacking it
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: The great social problem: methods of attacking it

Yes! That's a really great point about the Thenardiers showing the failings of an insular nuclear family. And I think it kind of relates to what Guy Hocquenghem writes (in the rather amusingly titled "Capitalism, the Family, and the Anus") about how industrial capitalism and urbanization r...
by brittlesmile
Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:24 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: The great social problem: methods of attacking it
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: The great social problem: methods of attacking it

*throws more at the wall* I think another really relevant part of the book is the part where Bienvenu meets with M. G and the discussion that they have. I think it really highlights the failings of both of their solutions - symptom vs society based action. M. G points out that if there is no signifi...
by brittlesmile
Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:18 am
Forum: Read-Through
Topic: The Abaissé Read Through of Les Misérables!
Replies: 37
Views: 5028

Re: The Abaissé Read Through of Les Misérables!

Count me in for this, and in French as well.
by brittlesmile
Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: Brick Meta
Topic: Gleams which pass
Replies: 17
Views: 4446

Re: Gleams which pass

Just some thoughts regarding why everyone "buys in" to Enjolras: It could be a way of enforcing the necessity of the revolution that he is meant to represent. Enjolras inherits the mantle of the Republican Ideal that the Revolution created. We do not get an outsider perspective on him beca...
by brittlesmile
Mon May 03, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: Brick Meta
Topic: Unanswered Questions
Replies: 110
Views: 11700

Re: Unanswered Questions

That was it! I think the end point is the same - the prison sentences are lengthy to the point of cruelty in yet another way because they are responsible for the forced separation of families (unless the implication is that they deliberately broke contact with him because they didn't want the stigma...
by brittlesmile
Sun May 02, 2010 4:50 pm
Forum: Brick Meta
Topic: Unanswered Questions
Replies: 110
Views: 11700

Re: Unanswered Questions

I seem to remember there being something written about Valjean not really caring about/remembering them anymore once he gets out of prison, so I'd guess this was left deliberately unanswered. I guess the idea is that if you spend 20 years without seeing any of the people you care about you either bl...
by brittlesmile
Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:27 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Les Misérables as a Romantic Novel
Replies: 7
Views: 4737

That's a good point. I just don't see them placing emphasis on moving beyond "consecutive reasoning", as Keats calls it. In fact, since they seem to be very Enlightenment-inspired, it'd be the opposite. What's really starting to fascinate my about Romantic & Gothic story-telling is the...
by brittlesmile
Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:42 pm
Forum: Nerdy Fannish Research
Topic: Shameless map geekery
Replies: 38
Views: 8034

It's gorgeous! :shock:
by brittlesmile
Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:24 pm
Forum: Fan Art
Topic: Doctor on the Barricade (21 Nov '13)
Replies: 514
Views: 32158

Oh, wow! I just saw this and I think it's brilliantly done! I love the way the second row of panels shifts from dark to light as Grantaire sleeps, wakes, and understands.

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