The French emigration was an exilic movement triggered by the 1789 French Revolution with long-lasting social, cultural, and political impacts that continued well into the nineteenth century. At times paradoxical, the political and legal implications of being an émigré are detangled in this edited collection, thus bringing to light unexpected processes of tensions and compromises between the exiles and their host societies. The refugee/host contact points also fostered a series of cultural transfers. This book argues that the French emigration ought to be seen within the broader context of an 'Age of Exile', a notion that better encompasses the dynamics of migration that forced many to re-imagine their relation to a nation and define their displaced identities. Revisiting the historiography of the last twenty years from an interdisciplinary perspective, this volume challenges pre-existing beliefs on the journeys and re-settlements - in Europe and beyond - of the French émigré community.
Laure Philip is an independent scholar and literary historian of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She previously worked as a research associate at Western Sydney University, Australia.
Juliette Reboul is a post-doctoral researcher at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is the author of French Emigration to Great Britain in Response to the French Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
Chapter 1 Editors' Introduction. Juliette Reboul, Laure Philip.
Part I The Regional and National Challenges of the Emigration.Chapter 2. Impossible Émigré: Moving People and Moving Borders in the Annexed Territories of Revolutionary France, Mary Ashburn Miller.- Chapter 3. Interaction and interrelation in exile: French émigrés, legislation, and everyday life in the Habsburg monarchy, Matthias Winkler.- Chapter 4. The Jersey Émigrés: Community Coherence amidst Diaspora, Sydney Watts.
Part II. Reading the Emigration, Learning in Emigration and the émigré theatre.Chapter 5. Émigré Children and the French school at Penn (Buckinghamshire) 1796-1814, Kirsty Carpenter.Chapter 6. Counter-Revolutionary Transfers? Émigré literature and the subject of the French Emigration in British Private Libraries (1790s-1830).- Chapter 7. The Trauma of the Emigration in the Novels of three Female Émigrées in London, Laure Philip.Chapter 8. Playing the Nation? The Clash of French and German Theatrical Troupes in Hamburg and Mannheim, Clare Siviter.
Part III. Global Entanglements of Exile.Chapter 9. Émigrés and Transimperial Politics: Pierre-Victor Malouet and the Fate of Saint Domingue, Patrick Harris.Chapter 10. The Age of Emigrations: French Émigrés and Global Entanglements of Political Exile, Friedemann Pestel.
Part IV. The Return.Chapter 11. Healing the Republic's 'Great Wound:' Emigration Reform and the Path to a General Amnesty, 1799-1802, Kelly Summers.- Chapter 12. The Last Ditch: the French Émigré Clergy in Britain and the Concordat of 1801, Dominic Aidan Bellenger.Chapter 13. The Return of the Emigrés - Bordeaux, 12 March 1814, Philip Mansel.- Postface. Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Emigré Studies, Simon Burrows.