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    Sensibility, reading and illustration: spectacles and signs in Graffigny, Marivaux and Rousseau

    Lewis, Ann (2009) Sensibility, reading and illustration: spectacles and signs in Graffigny, Marivaux and Rousseau. Main Series. Oxford, UK: Legenda. ISBN 9781905981960.

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    Book synopsis: Eighteenth-century 'sensibilité' has always been controversial. In fact, the term itself refers to complex forms of physical and emotional responsiveness, and Lewis’s study investigates the fictional exploration of various key problems of sentimental response. These are analysed in conjunction with some of the actual (often emotional) reactions that the term, its fictions and images have provoked through time, including an indispensable survey of the varying construction of 'sensibilité' as an object of study. Lewis provides a new reading of the theme of sensibility by analysing the ‘textual images’ in three best-selling novels from the mid-century: Graffigny’s Lettres d’une Péruvienne, Marivaux’s La Vie de Marianne and Rousseau’s Julie. The examination of a largely neglected corpus of illustrations, understood as readings of each text, provides striking new evidence of the complexity, thematic richness and duplicity of these ‘spectacles’ and ‘signs’.


    Item Type: Book
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Sensibility, sensibilité, sentimentalism, reader-response, reception theory, text and image studies, illustration, eighteenth-century fiction, Marivaux, Graffigny, Rousseau, 'Lettres d'une Péruvienne', 'La Vie de Marianne', 'Julie, ou La Nouvelle Héloïse'
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR), Aesthetics of Kinship and Community, Birkbeck Research in (BRAKC)
    Depositing User: Ann Lewis
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 09:52
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:32


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