New Essays on Diderot

New Essays on Diderot

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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 Encyclopedie, 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.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139073478
  • 9781139073479

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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 Encyclopedie: 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 maitre: 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 Reve de d'Alembert Kate E. Tunstall; 11. Diderot's Supplement 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 Beatrice Didier; 16. Diderot's Salons: Ekphrasis and related issues Tom Baldwin.
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