Being Marguerite's exploration of the fine line between fandom and academia. Please don't be offended if I don't follow back-- if my dash is too large I tend to ragequit tumblr out of a mix of anxiety and irritation.
The blog title is from Kierkegaard:
"The more one suffers, the more, I believe, has one a sense for the comic. It is only by the deepest suffering that one acquires true authority in the use of the comic, an authority which by one word transforms as by magic the reasonable creature one calls man into a caricature."
I’m pretty sure I posted this a dozen times, BUT once I hired tumblr user tigerhazard to draw Djali as a dragon. It was a good choice.
I was reading some stuff about June Rebellion and then I saw this:
“When a member of the crowd waved a red flag bearing the words “Liberty or Death”, the crowd broke into rebellion and shots were exchanged with government troops.”
And then I remembered that Victor Hugo was there, he witnessed the June Rebellion, he saw the barricades on Paris’s narrow streets, and maybe the guy waving the red flag was his Enjolras.
Probably not - there’s no evidence that Hugo witnessed the events at the funeral, and the man with the red flag who triggered the revolt while riding a black horse (although probably the inspiration for the movie’s scene with Enjolras and then Marius on the horse) was not viewed overly favorably within the republican tradition - he was a cadaverous figure dressed all in black with a pale white face, and republicans later blamed him as a harbinger of their defeat (Blanc, a pro-republican historian and one of Hugo’s sources for his book, called those who cheered his appearance as misguided). Although the man was later identified as a particular person who was of questionable sanity, another man was charged during the post revolt legal processes with being the person in question (just to make things even more confused).
So no - not very Enjolraic. Hugo mentions him in the book - and also makes it clear the Amis are actually not near that close to the catafalque when this happens. In the historical incident, a group of young men did attempt to “hijack” Lamaque’s coffin to take him to the Pantheon, but in the book this group did not not include the Amis (who were, however, observers to the funeral procession). Making the Amis the ones who trigger the confrontation with the flag waving and taking over the procession for the movie, and does not happen in the book.
I have to dig out Hugo’s diaries, but I am pretty sure that at that point of the day Hugo was in his study, writing poetry, and was not actually out observing the funeral procession. Hugo got caught in the crossfire between some National Guardsmen and a barricade when he wandered outside and wondered what all the excitement was about— he ended up hiding in a doorway. It is really exciting that Hugo saw a barricade and did see the fighting up close, but his political evolution hadn’t even started yet… Hugo was still a bit of a royalist then, I think, and very much concerned with becoming the next Chateaubriand, not helping the poor or making social commentary. Notre Dame de Paris had just come out and the clearest political commentary I can think of in that was, “Ceci tuera cela,” which was an explanation of how the printing press would destroy enormous old edifices like cathedrals (and absolute monarchies). But that’s really more of a theme of cultural evolution. One could make the case it foreshadows Hugo’s own political evolution but in 1832 I think Hugo’s much more interested in the Gothic, in cultural evolution and in making his works as famous and lasting as cathedrals. Though the barricade scenes may have been informed by his own memories I think, as Despard pointed out, that they owe more to Blanc’s analysis than Hugo’s experience.
brb, pissing self.
I COULDN’T EVEN LISTEN TO THE WHOLE THING I AM CRYING FUCK
Hunchback of Notre Dame was my favourite movie as a kid because of the music.
And now I’m crying. Peeing everywhere. Omg.
I laughed so hard I’m developing a six pack
Hey, hey Cat and Frederique!