Celebrating Literature to Shape Citizenship: France's 2007 'Lire en fete'
Each year since 1989, France has celebrated Lire en fete, a literary festival initiated by then Minister of Culture Jack Lang. Like other national festivals created during the 1980s, such as La Fete de la musique and La Fete du cinema, Lire en fete provides entertainment, but also directly relates to government democratisation efforts. This article analyses the 2007 version of Lire en fete, focusing on primary documents such as the Dossier de presse and the official website, and suggests that the French government uses this festival to increase public engagement in French society and to encourage responsible citizenship, in part by fostering the development of a literate public sphere.
Merfeld-Langston, A. L. (2010). Celebrating Literature to Shape Citizenship: France's 2007 'Lire en fete'. Modern and Contemporary France, 18(3), pp. 343-356.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09639489.2010.493933
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