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Diderot, Rousseau and the politics of the arts in the Enlightenment

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Arte e politica nella cultura dei Lumi. English
Diderot, Rousseau and the politics of the arts in the Enlightenment / Gerardo Tocchini ; translated by Martin McLaughlin and Elisabetta Tarantino.
[Liverpool] : Liverpool University Press, [2023]
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xxi, 419 pages, 1 unnumbered leaf of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Published on behalf of the Voltaire Foundation, Oxford.
Translation of: Arte e politica nella cultura dei Lumi : Diderot, Rousseau e la critica dell'antico regime artistico. Roma : Carocci editore, 2016.
Translated from the Italian.
"In mid-eighteenth-century Paris, the encyclopedists launched a campaign to radically redefine the public dimension of all 'imaginative' arts, starting with music - with the querelle des bouffons - then theatre, the novel and finally the visual arts. "Diderot, Rousseau and the Politics of the Arts in the Enlightenment" exposes the correlation between the prejudices and hierarchies of the political and social system of the time and what d'Alembert calls 'literary superstitions'. The book reconstructs the role of Diderot and Rousseau, frères ennemis, as they engaged in a dispute that was above all else political, despite revolving entirely around forms of artistic expression. Throwing a light on this important cultural event is all the more necessary because the essentially political dimension of Diderot's Salons has since the nineteenth-century been completely obscured from view. Indeed, at first misunderstood and then totally neglected, for over two centuries their true significance has been systematically ignored by the aesthetic-idealist school of criticism."-- Back cover.
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June 06, 2023
Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment ; 2023:01.
Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment, 2023:01
Contains bibliographical references (pages 373-404) and index.

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