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The Pursuit of Virtue: A Study of Order in La Nouvelle Heloise
     

The Pursuit of Virtue: A Study of Order in La Nouvelle Heloise

by Jeanne Thomas Fuchs
 

Rousseau's immensely successful epistolary novel, La Nouvelle Héloïse, ushered in the Romantic era and has most often been examined in this light. Without ignoring these elements, the present study, by focusing on the structure of the novel through the movements of its letters, unveils a fundamental order in the work, symptomatic of the pursuit

Overview

Rousseau's immensely successful epistolary novel, La Nouvelle Héloïse, ushered in the Romantic era and has most often been examined in this light. Without ignoring these elements, the present study, by focusing on the structure of the novel through the movements of its letters, unveils a fundamental order in the work, symptomatic of the pursuit of virtue. The obsession with attaining virtue through order, despite its devastating consequences, places the novel in the Enlightenment framework and the French moralist tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820417158
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Series:
Reading Plus Series , #10
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Jeanne Thomas Fuchs is an associate professor of Comparative Literature and Languages at Hofstra University. She was formerly Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is co-editor of the recently published The World of George Sand and has authored articles on Marivaux, Rousseau, Sand, and Musset.

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