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New Essays on Diderot

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James Fowler, Russell Goulbourne, Marian Hobson, Daniel Brewer, Angelica Goodden, Anthony Strugnell, Pierre Saint-Amand, Anne Deneys-Tunney, Joseph Breines, Kate E. Tunstall, Andrew Curran, Carol L. Sherman, Derek Connon, Mark Darlow, Béatrice Didier, Tom Baldwin
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521769563

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  • The great eighteenth-century French thinker Denis Diderot (1713–84) once compared himself to a weathervane, by which he meant that his mind was in constant motion. In an extraordinarily diverse career he produced novels, plays, art criticism, works of philosophy and poetics, and also reflected on music and opera. Perhaps most famously, he ensured the publication of the Encyclopédie, which has often been credited with hastening the onset of the French Revolution. Known as one of the three greatest philosophes of the Enlightenment, Diderot rejected the Christian ideas in which he had been raised. Instead, he became an atheist and a determinist. His radical questioning of received ideas and established religion led to a brief imprisonment, and for that reason, no doubt, some of his subsequent works were written for posterity. This collection of essays celebrates the life and work of this extraordinary figure as we approach the tercentenary of his birth.

    • Reviews key themes, techniques and ideas across a sample of Diderot's most important works
    • Conveys a sense of Diderot's lasting significance
    • Indispensable reading for anyone interested in the intellectual and political history of France
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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521769563
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction James Fowler
    Part I. Diderot the Philosophe:
    1. Diderot and the Ancients Russell Goulbourne
    2. Diderot's earlier philosophical writings Marian Hobson
    3. The Encyclopédie: innovation and legacy Daniel Brewer
    4. Diderot, Rousseau and the art of craft Angelica Goodden
    5. Diderot's anti-colonialism Anthony Strugnell
    6. Diderot's letters to Sophie Volland Pierre Saint-Amand
    Part II. Novels:
    7. Les Bijoux indiscrets: transition or translation? Anne Deneys-Tunney
    8. Jacques le fataliste et son maître: finding myself in the work of another Joseph Breines
    9. La Religieuse: Diderot's 'Richardsonian' novel James Fowler
    Part III. Dialogues:
    10. Eyes wide shut: Le Rêve de d'Alembert Kate E. Tunstall
    11. Diderot's Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville: logics of the human Andrew Curran
    Part IV. Plays and Dramatic Theory:
    12. Diderot and Olympe de Gouges Carol L. Sherman
    13. Diderot and Destouches Derek Connon
    Part V. Music, Performance, Aesthetics:
    14. Diderot's voice(s): music and reform, from the Querelle des Bouffons to Le Neveu de Rameau Mark Darlow
    15. Diderot and the aesthetics of the Libretto Béatrice Didier
    16. Diderot's Salons: Ekphrasis and related issues Tom Baldwin.

  • Editor

    James Fowler, University of Kent, Canterbury
    James Fowler teaches French at the University of Kent. He has written extensively on the eighteenth-century French novel and French philosophy. His publications include Voicing Desire: Family and Sexuality in Diderot's Narrative (2000) and The Libertine's Nemesis: The Prude in 'Clarissa' and the 'roman libertin' (2010).

    Contributors

    James Fowler, Russell Goulbourne, Marian Hobson, Daniel Brewer, Angelica Goodden, Anthony Strugnell, Pierre Saint-Amand, Anne Deneys-Tunney, Joseph Breines, Kate E. Tunstall, Andrew Curran, Carol L. Sherman, Derek Connon, Mark Darlow, Béatrice Didier, Tom Baldwin

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