Title

Celebrating Literature to Shape Citizenship: France's 2007 'Lire en fete'

Abstract

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.

Department(s)

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0963-9489

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Language 2

French

Rights

© 2010 Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF), All rights reserved.

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