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Rococo Fiction in France, 1600 - 1715

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Rococo Fiction in France, 1600 - 1715 by Allison Stedman
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Rococo Fiction in France reconfigures the history of the “long eighteenth century” by revealing the rococo as a literary phenomenon that characterized a range of experimental texts from the end of the French Renaissance to the eve of the French Revolution. Tracing the literary rococo’s evolution from the late 1500s to the early 1700s, and exploring its radicalization during the 1670s, 80s, and 90s, Allison Stedman unearths the seventeenth century rococo’s counter-vision for the trajectory of the French monarchy and the dawn of the French Enlightenment.

The first part of the study investigates the relationship between Montaigne’s philosophy of literary production and those of early seventeenth century “table-talk” novelists, libertine writers, and playwrights involved in the quarrel over Corneille’s play
Le Cid. She thus establishes the existence of a rococo philosophy of literary production whose goal was to innovate, to bring pleasure, and to create communities. The second part of the study explores the impact that the Duchess de Montpensier’s literary portrait galleries, Jean Donneau de Visé’s periodical the Mercure Galant, and other forms of rococo literary production – by such authors as Charles Sorel, Alcide de Saint-Maurice, J.N. de Parvial and Jean de Préchac – had in the creation of a textually mediated social sphere that served as the foundation of the publicly critical culture of the French Enlightenment. The study concludes with an investigation of the influx of salon sociability into the textually mediated social sphere during the 1690s. Stedman examines the role of interpolated literary fairy tales, proverb plays and other rococo publication strategies– in such late seventeenth-century women writers as d’Aulnoy, Lhéritier, Murat, and Durand – in transfiguring the salon from an exclusive social circle mediated by physical presence to an inclusive social diaspora mediated by texts. Rococo Fiction in France challenges established views of early modern French literary history and discusses a range of little known works in a generous and engaging manner.

Bucknell University Press; October 2012
258 pages; ISBN 9781611484373
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Title: Rococo Fiction in France, 1600 - 1715
Author: Allison Stedman
 
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1611484375
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