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Author Porter, Dennis, 1933-

Title Rousseau's legacy : emergence and eclipse of the writer in France / Dennis Porter
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
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Description 1 online resource (306 pages) : illustrations
Contents Jean-Jacques Rousseau: putting the polis in command -- Stendhal: overpoliticization and the revenge of literature -- Charles Baudelaire: portrait of the poet as antiwriter -- Jean-Paul Sartre: writer, militant, graphomaniac -- The cultural twilight of Roland Barthes -- Marguerite Duras: autobiographical acts, celebrity status -- Epilogue: From Althusser's Theory of a murder to Foucault's Aesthetics of existence
Summary Rousseau's Legacy is an original and ambitious work of literary scholarship that focuses on the emergence with Rousseau of a new and influential paradigm of the writer who brings together revolutionary sociopolitical critique and 'confessionalism'. Combining a wide-ranging knowledge of contemporary theory with an informed interest in sociopolitical context and cultural history, the author goes on to explore the persistent importance of the Rousseauist paradigm through the close reading of works by a number of major French writers from Stendahl to Duras, Althusser, and Foucault
Analysis French literature
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-296) and index
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Subject Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778 -- Influence.
Authors and readers -- France -- History.
Authorship -- History.
French literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Literature and society -- France -- History.
Politics and literature -- France -- History.
France -- Intellectual life.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 94026408
ISBN 1280527579
1429406593 (electronic bk.)
9781429406598 (electronic bk.)