Item description for Regressive Fictions: Graffigny, Rousseau, Bernardin (Legenda Main) (Legenda Main Series) (Legenda) by Robin Howells...
In a cultural shift around the mid-point of the French eighteenth century, the mode of wit is increasingly displaced by bourgeois pathos. Social sophistication and sexual experience are rejected in favour of a retreat into ideal imagination. Instead of the novel of worldliness, we encounter fictions of better worlds: original, natural, familial, innocent and harmonious, protected against reality and time. The regressive shift is traced in this study in general terms, and then through detailed analysis of three of the best-selling novels of the period. The turning-point is represented by Mme de Graffignys Lettres dune Pruvienne (1747, 1752) with its profound ambivalence towards knowledge. A new order is revealed and set out, but still declared lacking, in Rousseaus Julie, ou la Nouvelle Hlose (1761). The visionary return to the organic wholeness of nature is offered by Bernardins Paul et Virginie (1788).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.8" Width: 6.7" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 30, 2008
Publisher Maney Publishing
ISBN 1904350860 ISBN13 9781904350866