I don’t know whether this will be of interest to anyone, but last year Bristol university apparently taught a course on Political Thought in the Age of Les Misérables, and the (all in English) reading list is available online. Wow that’s a lot of books.
or: Headcanons That Are Older Than Your Grandmother
I must warn you that every single attempt to type this out so far has resulted in hysterical giggling fits. I apologize in advance for the capslocking. It’s 3 in the morning here, ok, and I’m practically liveblogging this stuff…
|Anonymous said: What program do you use to read the scans of the French BD you posted? It looks fabulous!|
CDisplayEx can handle most anything you throw at it!
|Anonymous said: I'm reading Sambre (thank you so much for the masterpost!) and in the third part, "Liberty", on the fifth page, with the revolutionaries there's a young blond-ish boy who first appears wearing a top hat and then saying "Will the people follow us? That's the question". And I'm probably looking too much into this, but, blond young boy, with a straight nose and full lips... my mind just jumped to Enjolras!|
Same anon as before, some pages later, the curly haired boy (that reminds me of Courferyac for some reason) is making is speech, and- “For my mother is the Republic!” I know you’ve already read it all, and maybe I’m bothering you with these asks (I hope not, if so let me know) but yeah, there are so many similarities. I’m liking it a lot so far.
It wouldn’t surprise me ONE BIT, since this is a comic that pastiches Romantic art at every opportunity and quotes Lamartine poems verbatim. Les Mis plays a considerable part in the fictional iconography of revolution, and whether or not any of the individual characters are direct references to the Amis, there is a lot of homage going on in the portrayal of the revolutionaries and their rhetoric.
march to Versailles and kidnap the royal family
have your brother wage war on your husband’s kingdom
stab the influential head of a media organisation while he’s taking a bath
create a new calendar
create a new religion
send your best friend to the guillotine
withdraw from public life for a month
accuse all of your colleagues of plotting against you
take advantage of the chaos around you and rise to become emperor of France