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Michael Sheringham

Michael Sheringham teaches French at Oxford and is a fellow of All Souls. His Everyday Life: Theories and Practices from Surrealism to the Present was published in 2006.

The French Provinces

Michael Sheringham, 31 July 2008

As Graham Robb points out, the ‘discovery’ of France – by politicians, bureaucrats, map-makers, statisticians, engineers, folklorists, tourists and, until fairly recently, the country’s inhabitants on the rare occasions when they ventured outside their own patch – almost invariably involved the swapping of one set of illusions or prejudices for another. Robb, who...

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