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Cultural Allusions

David and Jackie working together!

sara bauer

on 30 November 2009

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<<Allusions Culturelles>> Par: David Yang et Jackie Schaefer Après moi, le déluge After me the deluge Attributed to the King of France Louis XV (1710-1774)
Phrase may have been coined by his lover, Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764)
Prophetic quality: French Revolution (1789-1799), Occurred 15 years after king’s death
Cost the life of his grandson and successor, Louis XVI Significance 2 meanings due to implied verb L'Etat C'est Moi Chorus:
Be afraid of the lame, they'll inherit your legs
Be afraid of the old, they'll inherit your souls
Be afraid of the cold, they'll inherit your blood
Après moi le deluge, after me comes the flood Regina Spektor Apres Moi I am the state Significance:
Attributed to King Louis XIV aka "Sun King"
Epitome of absolute monarch & embodied
the idea of divine right monarchy
Is the archetype of regal absolutism Madeleine French cookies
Suggests anything that opens
up the "floodgates of memory."
(mostly involuntary) “She sent out for one of those short, plump little cakes called petites madeleines, which look as though they had been moulded in the fluted scallop of a pilgrim's shell. And soon, mechanically, weary after a dull day with the prospect of a depressing morrow, I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate than a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place…at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory…”

— Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 1: Swann's Way.

Marcel Proust novel <<À la recherche du temps perdu>>
(Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time)
Narrator experiences awakening upon tasting a madeleine dipped in tea: The Three Musketeers Symbol of a special kind of friendship
Grounded in loyalty and common concerns Cyrano de Bergerac --> history and culture of seventeenth century France.
Though the playwright lived more than 200 years after this era, it's very faithful
The play constantly alludes to The Three Musketeers,
the most famous novel written about this time period. Les Trois Mousquetaires
a novel by Alexandre Dumas Bourbon A French royal dynasty coming from powerful family
Known to be autocratic and subborn
Indicates a political or economic reactionary Champs-Elysees Very wide boulevard of upscale stores
and restaurants in Paris A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams Uses "Elysian Fields" as a symbol and
in contrast with Champs-Elysees Pangloss Fictional character from Voltaire's Candide
Known for his incurable and blind optimism le droit du seigneur "The Right of the Lord" Vasily Polenov: Le droit du Seigneur (1874).
An old man bringing his young daughters to the feudal lord. Satirically describes someone asserting
authority or rights in a grandiose or
overbearing fasion Michael Kelly, in his "TRB" column in the New Republic, June 6, 1997 When a member of this [Clinton's] class does something a little eyebrow-raising--makes $100,000 on a sweetheart commodities deal, say, or exercises his droit du seigneur with a working girl--the better sort of people avert their eyes. Danse Macabre 1. Agenda Suicide
2. Glass Danse
3. Posed to Death Danse Macabre by The Faint Significance
A late-medieval allegory on the universality of death
No matter one's station in life, the dance of death unites all
Ghoulish motif in the art of Middle Ages
Pictured as a whirling, wild, uncontrollable urge to destruction A member of an extremist or radical political group Jacobin Term originated with a group advocating
egalitarian democracy and engaging in
terrorist activities during the French Revolution Guy Molyneux in commentary in the Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1996 "In a sure sign of a changing political climate, 23 Republicans from the House
--the Jacobin nerve center--came out for a hike 10 cents more generous
than that proposed by President Bill Clinton." Le Fin~ Allusi ns
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