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The Attraction of the Contrary : Essays on the Literature of the French Enlightenment - Walter E. Rex

The Attraction of the Contrary

Essays on the Literature of the French Enlightenment

Paperback Published: 27th October 2011
ISBN: 9780521159005
Number Of Pages: 268

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The essays in this volume are concerned with ideas of contrarity and other kinds of polar opposition in French literature of the eighteenth century. Originally these ideas were merely part of an impulse to undermine the establishment, but as the century progressed the desire to invert social values and question accepted norms merged with the main groundswell of the age to form part of the movement of Revolution. Professor Rex considers some of the major writers of the period: Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire, and Beaumarchais. He also explores minor genres such as operas comiques, theatrical parodies, and erotic or pornographic pieces; these have been largely forgotten, but in their time they imbued the creative life of the era with vitality. In treating the literature in relation to the other arts, especially painting and music, these essays will be of interest to scholars of all aspects of eighteenth-century French culture.

List of illustrations
Manon's hidden motives
Three literary approaches to the art of love
Inversions and subversions in the th©ótre de la foire, or, the end of Piron's Arlequin-Deucalion
Crispin's inventions
On Voltaire's M©rope
The figure of music in the frontispiece of Diderot's Encyclop©die
Secrets from Suzanne: the tangled motives of La Religieuse
A unique and forgotten opera libretto
The demise of classical tragedy in France
The Marriage of Figaro
Deucalion's last eighteenth-century appearance
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ISBN: 9780521159005
ISBN-10: 0521159008
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 27th October 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.4