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As a first element of method, I think we should propose works from authors (composers, thinkers, artists...) from other countries than ours and that we feel are fundamental parts of our personal culture. For example, as a French, I would not propose a text from Victor Hugo, but I would propose something from Shakespeare or Dante...


"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 10:20:12 AM EST
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Agreed. But "J'accuse" was an article that influenced a lot. And there are those who still think it are worth.

Everything will come.

by PerCLupi on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 10:55:21 AM EST
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I agree and I approve your choice. I do not oppose Zola and Shakespeare. What I meant is a text from Zola should be proposed by a Spaniard (or an Italian, or a German...) who feels, like you do, it is an important part of his/her culture, but not by a French. As an example, I would gladly propose Don Quijote de la Mancha, because it is  an important element of my European culture.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 11:10:54 AM EST
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I find it excellent that perspective. Thus, it avoided the particularism of the own one.
by PerCLupi on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 11:17:14 AM EST
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