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Empire of LoveHistories of France and the Pacific$
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Matt K. Matsuda

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162950.001.0001

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Rochefort: The Family Romance of the French Pacific

Rochefort: The Family Romance of the French Pacific

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(p.17) One Rochefort: The Family Romance of the French Pacific
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Empire of Love
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MATT K. MATSUDA

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162950.003.0002

This chapter sets the stage by initially following the career and works of French naval officer and writer, Pierre Loti, and his powerful French Third Republic patron, Juliette Adam, as they “romance” a popular overseas empire that for both reflects back upon their highly emotional ideas of the nation. The narrative moves between the naval port town of Rochefort, where Loti created a fantastic, Orientalist personal estate, and the politics and literary salons of Paris, where a romantic idea of empire is created in stories for patriotic, national consumption.

Keywords:   Pierre Loti, Juliette Adam, exoticism, orientalism, French literature, nationalism, patriotism

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