La Descente de la Courtille ou le Peuple en carnaval
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In the first half of the 19th century, the “Descente de la Courtille” (la Courtille is one the popular suburbs around Paris) sets a term to the Carnival celebrations. From the newspapers articles, drama shows, chronicles, literary production which describe the parade, emerges the idea that the wild street procession acts like a visual dramatization of what is called, since the Revolution’s days, “The People” as the subject and actor of modern history. We propose to analyze a corpus of contemporary texts which document this perspective and indirectly give voice to political and philanthropic issues currently debated during the Bourbon Restauration and the July Monarchy.