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No tomorrow : the ethics of pleasure in the French Enlightenment

Author: Catherine Cusset
Publisher: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Catherine Cusset's No Tomorrow traces the moral meaning of pleasure in several libertine works of the eighteenth century - Watteau's Pelerinage a l'ile de Cythere, Prevost's Manon Lescaut, Crebillon's Les Egarements du coeur et de l'esprit, the anonymous pornographic novel Therese philosophe, Diderot's La Religieuse, and Vivant Denon's short story "Point de lendemain." Cusset's analysis suggests that libertine  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Cusset
ISBN: 081391860X 9780813918600
OCLC Number: 40595287
Awards: Winner of Walker Cowen Memorial Prize 1996
Description: xiv, 208 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. 1717 --
Cythere, or Ambiguity --
2. 1731 --
Manon, or Pleasure --
3. 1736-1738 --
Mme de Lursay, or Vanity --
4. 1748 --
Therese, or Reason --
5. 1760 --
Suzanne, or Liberty --
6. 1777 --
Mme de T --, or Decency.
Responsibility: Catherine Cusset.

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This work traces the moral meaning of pleasure in libertine works of 18th-century France. The author contends that libertine works are linked by an ""ethics of pleasure"" that teaches readers that  Read more...

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