Auteur : Paul Pelckmans
la langue : fr
Date de sortie : 2002
Un bon quart de siècle avant La nouvelle Héloïse, Cleveland propose une première somme romanesque sur les espoirs et les impasses de ce que le XVIIIème siècle appelait lasensibilité. En raison de son intrigue invraisemblable et de son pathétique soutenu, ce deuxième grand roman de l'abbé Prévost, entamé l'année même deManon Lescaut, a été quelque peu délaissé par la critique. On voudrait suggérer ici que les rhétoriques pour nous lassantes du sentiment, qui lui valurent un des plus grands succès de librairie du siècle, cherchaient à conjurer un désespoir secret de l'individu moderne...Au-delà du cercle croissant des fidèles de Prévost, cette étude aimerait s'adresser à tous ceux qui, en littéraires ou en historiens des débuts de la modernité, s'intéressent à ce que Philippe Ariès appelait larévolution du sentiment, révolution que le grand historien disait “aussi importante pour l'histoire générale que celles des idées ou de la politique, de l'industrie ou des conditions socio-économiques, de la démographie” toutes plus ou moins contemporaines.
Auteur : Françoise de Graffigny
la langue : en
Éditeur: OUP Oxford
Date de sortie : 2009-01-08
'It has taken me a long time, my dearest Aza, to fathom the cause of that contempt in which women are held in this country ...' Zilia, an Inca Virgin of the Sun, is captured by the Spanish conquistadores and brutally separated from her lover, Aza. She is rescued and taken to France by Déterville, a nobleman, who is soon captivated by her. One of the most popular novels of the eighteenth century, the Letters of a Peruvian Woman recounts Zilia's feelings on her separation from both her lover and her culture, and her experience of a new and alien society. Françoise de Graffigny's bold and innovative novel clearly appealed to the contemporary taste for the exotic and the timeless appetite for love stories. But by fusing sentimental fiction and social commentary, she also created a new kind of heroine, defined by her intellect as much as her feelings. The novel's controversial ending calls into question traditional assumptions about the role of women both in fiction and society, and about what constitutes 'civilization'. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Auteur : Tobias George Smollett
la langue : en
Éditeur: Cosimo, Inc.
Date de sortie : 2005-11-01
Before I was born, [my aunt] had gone such lengths in the way of flirting with a recruiting officer, that her reputation was a little singed. She afterwards made advances to the curate of the parish...-from "To Sir Watkin Phillips, of Jesus college, Oxon, Bath, May 6"An often overlooked but nevertheless important name in the history of the English novel, Tobias Smollett greatly influenced Dickens, with his unsentimental depiction of poverty, and was a favorite of William Makepeace Thackeray, who called The Expedition of Humphry Clinker "the most laughable story that has ever been written since the goodly art of novel-writing began."An early example of the epistolary novel, consisting entirely of letters written between its characters, this is Smollett's last book, completed and published just before his death in 1771. Far less brutal than his earlier work, it is the comic story of Humphry Clinker, a poor lad who joins a touring party of aristocrats on their journey through city and country. Smollett's satire on the well-to-do and the fripperies that consumed their society echoes in countless writers who came after him, from Jane Austen to "Bridget Jones" with her diary.Scottish writer TOBIAS GEORGE SMOLLETT (1721-1771) trained as a surgeon but found far more success as a novelist; he also worked as an editor and translator. Among his works are Roderick Random (1748) and The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (1751).