The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience Victoria to Freud (Volume Three)

The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience Victoria to Freud (Volume Three)

Language: English

Pages: 704

ISBN: 0002552183

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self-destruction was a temptation from the devil. Hence they deprived a suicide of the religious rites and Christian burial to which ordinary mortals, lesser sinners, were entitled. The French code of 1670 specified that the suicide would be subjected to a humiliating mock trial, his property forfeited to the state, and his body dragged naked through the streets face down and hanged as if he were an infamous felon. It was a primitive retaliation that remained on the books through the eighteenth

Incessant talk about the New Man, political man, was cant but more than cant.* The visual proofs that politics now belonged to everyone were ubiquitous; the execution of the king of France had been anticipated, and was followed, by strenuous efforts to find emotionally satisfying substitutes for paternal authority. Marianne, Everywoman, flaunting or wearing the Phrygian liberty cap, became the badge of the new France, a political France.10 And, as the new figures in the seats of power attested,

nineteenth century; at his debut in 1847 as a deputy in the Prussian diet, he placed himself unhesitatingly among the supporters of the unreformed old regime and spoke for legal and financial privileges that more flexible aristocrats stood ready to abandon. He rejected the merest hint of parliamentary government, tax reform, or secularism. He vehemently objected to the admission of Jews to the civil service, in a long speech full of “bitter things,” on the ground that Prussia was, after all, a

this accounting slights the emotional cost that having to endure fame and fortune, to say nothing of being father to her family, extracted from Louis May Alcott. She made her debut as a published writer in 1854, at twenty-two, with a collection of fairy tales, Flower Fables. The little book was, she proudly told her mother, her “first-born.” It brought her $32, which she handed to her family. Ednah Dow Cheney, Louisa May Alcott (1889; intro. Ann Douglas, 1980), 397–98; quotation at 76. In 1863,

all its unappetizing, rather sordid drama, the evidentiary value of the Mensur for the student of the nineteenth-century bourgeoisie is not immediately apparent and calls for some reflection. It was an extravagant institution. More savage forms of duelling, combats to the death, had of course long been customary throughout Europe and, especially in the first half of the nineteenth century, in the United States. One thinks of Alexander Hamilton, shot to death in 1804 by Aaron Burr; or of the

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