Rococo Fiction in France, 1600-1715: Seditious Frivolity

Rococo Fiction in France, 1600-1715: Seditious Frivolity

by Allison Stedman
     
 

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Rococo Fiction in France, 1600-1715: Seditious Frivolity by Allison Stedman, PhD makes a case for the rococo as a seventeenth-century literary phenomenon that provided an aesthetic and ideological counterpoint to the emergence of the classical-baroque style and the rise of French political absolutism. Tracing the rococo’s evolution over the course the…  See more details below

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Rococo Fiction in France, 1600-1715: Seditious Frivolity by Allison Stedman, PhD makes a case for the rococo as a seventeenth-century literary phenomenon that provided an aesthetic and ideological counterpoint to the emergence of the classical-baroque style and the rise of French political absolutism. Tracing the rococo’s evolution over the course the seventeenth-century, and exploring its radicalization during the 1670s, 80s and 90s, the study unearths the rococo’s counter-vision for the origins and trajectory of the French Enlightenment.

The first part of the study investigates the common origins of classical-baroque and rococo literary aesthetics, revealing the importance that both styles place on the relationship between literary content and literary form. The second part of the study explores the impact that seventeenth-century rococo fiction had in creating the textually mediated social sphere that would serve as the foundation of the publicly critical culture of the French Enlightenment. The study concludes with an investigation of the influx of salon sociability into the textually mediated social sphere during the 1690s, examining the role that rococoliterature played in transfiguring the salon from an exclusive social circle mediated by physical presence to an inclusive social diaspora mediated by texts.

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Editorial Reviews

Symposium
Much of the imaginative literature published in seventeenth-century France eludes easy categorization into standard generic rubrics. Compilations of novellas, often interspersed with poetry, dialogues, treatises, letters, fairy tales, and other kinds of texts too numerous to list, made up a significant portion of the period’s creative literary output. Allison Stedman’s ambitious, thought-provoking book shines a light on these ‘generically hybrid literary creations’ and demonstrates their aesthetic value and social productivity.
French Forum
This thought- provoking study aims to rehabilitate a branch of French prose writing that has been traditionally overlooked or treated with disdain. . . .By showing that the rococo coexisted with classicisme, maintaining a dialectical relationship to the cultural mainstream rather than simply coming to prominence in the following century, she sheds new light on the process whereby new ways of thinking gradually emerged and won acceptance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611484366
Publisher:
Bucknell University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2012
Series:
Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850 Series
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Allison Stedman is associate professor of French at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She has published articles on early modern French literary portraits, psalm paraphrases, novels and fairy tales, as well as on pedagogical strategies for teaching French and Italian literature and culture at the university level. With Perry Gethner, she is the co-editor and translator of A Trip to the Country by Henriette-Julie de Castelnau, Comtesse de Murat. This is her first book.

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