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Sentimental Narrative and the Social Order in France, 1760-1820 : Cambridge Studies in French - David J. Denby

Sentimental Narrative and the Social Order in France, 1760-1820

Cambridge Studies in French

Hardcover Published: 25th March 1994
ISBN: 9780521430869
Number Of Pages: 298

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In this discerning study of sentimental discourse of the late eighteenth century, David J. Denby sheds new light on Enlightenment thought and sensibility. He reveals how sentimental sub-literature reflects the social attitudes of the emerging bourgeoisie, and how its formal structures are reflected in contemporary theories concerning the nature of society, morality, and politics. Denby explores how the language and forms of sentimental narratives were adopted and exploited by political and social writers, and how sentimentalism provided a theme of continuity underlying the dominant sense of change brought about by the Revolution. In this interdisciplinary book Denby argues that sentimentalism is central to the culture of late eighteenth-century France. Texts discussed include works by Rousseau and de Stael.

Acknowledgements
Note on spelling
Introduction: the politics of tears
Three sentimental writers
Towards a model of the sentimental text
Love and money: social hierarchy in the sentimental text
Sentimentalism in the rhetoric of the Revolution
Sentimentalism and idTologie
Beyond sentimentalism? Madame de Stadl
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521430869
ISBN-10: 0521430860
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 25th March 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.53