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Divining Nature : Aesthetics of Enchantment in Enlightenment France

Title
Divining Nature : Aesthetics of Enchantment in Enlightenment France / Tili Boon Cuillé.
ISBN
9781503614178
Publication
Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, [2020]
Copyright Notice Date
©2020
Physical Description
1 online resource (350 p.)
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In English.
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Summary
The Enlightenment remains widely associated with the rise of scientific progress and the loss of religious faith, a dual tendency that is thought to have contributed to the disenchantment of the world. In her wide-ranging and richly illustrated book, Tili Boon Cuillé questions the accuracy of this narrative by investigating the fate of the marvelous in the age of reason. Exploring the affinities between the natural sciences and the fine arts, Cuillé examines the representation of natural phenomena-whether harmonious or discordant-in natural history, painting, opera, and the novel from Buffon and Rameau to Ossian and Staël. She demonstrates that philosophical, artistic, and emotional responses to the "spectacle of nature" in eighteenth-century France included wonder, enthusiasm, melancholy, and the "sentiment of divinity." These "passions of the soul," traditionally associated with religion and considered antithetical to enlightenment, were linked to the faculties of reason, imagination, and memory that structured Diderot's Encyclopédie and to contemporary theorizations of the sublime. As Cuillé reveals, the marvelous was not eradicated but instead preserved through the establishment and reform of major French cultural institutions dedicated to science, art, religion, and folklore that were designed to inform, enchant, and persuade. This book has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
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De Gruyter University Press eBook pilot project 2020.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
June 17, 2022
Contents
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction The Spectacle Of Nature
1 The Marvels Of Nature In Buffon And Rameau
2 The Philosophy Of Nature In Diderot And Rousseau
3 The Harmony Of Nature In Paul Et Virginie
4 The Poetics Of Nature In Ossian And Staël
Epilogue A Theater Of Enchantment
Notes
Index
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