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Identity and Ideology

Diderot, Sade, and the Serious Genre

Identity and Ideology by Julie Chandler Hayes
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The bourgeois drama of "serious genre" was one of the major innovative literary forms of the French Enlightenment, but it has been largely excluded from the canon today. In a study drawing on contemporary and 18th-century literary theory and philosophy, social history and history of the theatre, Hayes presents a reading of the dramas of Diderot and Sade and argues for a new understanding of the genre as a whole. A disparate group as they were, the "drame's" practitioners share a new approach to personal identity as relational and derived from the workings of the social network - a notion of great ideological shift in the period preceding 1789.
John Benjamins Publishing Company; November 1991
201 pages; ISBN 9789027277763
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Title: Identity and Ideology
Author: Julie Chandler Hayes