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L'école de la maladresse : de J.-J. Rousseau à J.J. Grandville : XVIIIe-XIXe siècle

Author: Pauline de Tholozany
Publisher: Paris : Honoré Champion éditeur, 2017.
Series: Dix-huitièmes siècles, 198.
Edition/Format:   Print book : FrenchView all editions and formats
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Awkwardness is a capricious concept: the word designates an individual's own quality, but it can also be used as a synonym for the word accident. And, in fact, the awkwardness oscillates undecidably between the intrinsic and the fortuitous, between the individuality and the contingency, between the everyday and what, precisely, stands out. How was clumsiness thought, and in what contexts? Running through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Honoré de Balzac; Grandville; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; J J Grandville; Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pauline de Tholozany
ISBN: 9782745335524 2745335529 9782745348661 2745348663
OCLC Number: 1005888920
Description: 265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Dix-huitièmes siècles, 198.
Responsibility: Pauline de Tholozany.
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Awkwardness is a capricious concept: the word designates an individual's own quality, but it can also be used as a synonym for the word accident. And, in fact, the awkwardness oscillates undecidably between the intrinsic and the fortuitous, between the individuality and the contingency, between the everyday and what, precisely, stands out. How was clumsiness thought, and in what contexts? Running through philosophical and literary texts, this book looks at the late emergence of a concept - the word "clumsiness" does not become really common until the eighteenth century - and then trace its social and conceptual ramifications. If in the eighteenth century the clumsy is ostracized circles aristocrats, the art of spreading the spot becomes the next century the hallmark of the dandy fashionable. The claimed clumsiness of a Rastignac guarantees him an unthinkable social success under the Ancien Régime. The apprenticeship novel will overflow with clumsy young people: and the gaffes of a Julien Sorel, the young Rastignac, or the first Lucien de Rubempre are so many tacit proofs of their naive innocence, as if the awkwardness, pledge of their social virginity, was also the proof of a rare sincerity in a counterfeit world - but this sincerity, being involuntary, is all questionable ... It was not the same in the previous century, where poor Jean-Jacques long regretted the glass of water overthrown on Mademoiselle de Breil, blundering that she never forgave him, and who will bury his amorous hopes in the long run. Born a century too early to be able to embody the cursed poet (the Baudelairian albatross is, too, "awkward"), Jean-Jacques Rousseau nonetheless thought the clumsiness in all its contradictions, describing his in great detail, justifying it, catching up with writing the damage caused by clumsy speech.--Page 4 of cover translated by Fabula.

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