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The Vacant mirror



Part I

I. General narrative structures

II. Syntagmatic aspects of the narrative sequence

III. Verbal tense and narrative

IV. The Use of the present tense

Part II

V. Prolegomena

VI. Mimesis and description

VII. The Extended narrations

VIII. The Text as manuscript

IX. The Use of the device

X. Performative and constative discourse

XI. Mimesis in Diderot's aesthetic

English Romantic poets and the Enlightenment

I. The Cotter's Saturday night and rival literary traditions

II. Blake's hostility to the Enlightenment

III. Coleridge and the conversation poems

IV. Wordsworth's repudiation of Godwinism

V. Scott's definition of the usable past

VI. Byron's debt to the Enlightenment

VII. Keats's faith in human progress

VIII. Shelly I. The Necessity of atheism

IX. Shelly II. The Last great poem of the English Enlightenment


Theodore Besterman, Additions and corrections to the definitive edition of Voltaire's correspondence. II: vols.i-xxii (Voltaire 85-106)

Dorothy R. Thelander, The Oak and the thinking reed

Bertram Eugene Schwarzbach, Etienne Fourmont, philosophe in disguise?

Mary M. Crumpacker, The Secret chain of the Lettres persanes and the mystery of the B edition

Robert F. O'Reilly, Montesquieu: anti-feminist

Lenore Kreitman, Diderot's aesthetic paradox and created reality

The Influence of Hobbes and Locke in the shaping of the concept of sovereignty in eighteenth-century France

I. Hobbes: a synopsis of his doctrine relative to sovereignty

II. Locke: a synopsis of his doctrine in relation to the concept of sovereignty

III. The Diffusion of Hobbes's views on the concept of sovereignty in French political thought before 1735

IV. The Diffusion of Locke's political theories in French political thought before 1735

V. Barbeyrac on Hobbes

VI. Barbeyrac on Locke

VII. The Influence of Hobbes on Montesquieu

VIII. The Influence of Locke on Montesquieu

Diderot et l'amitié



I. 'Nos parents sont nos premiers amis...'

II. Les Compagnons de jeunesse

III. Amitié et morale

IV. L'Amitié se présente

V. L'Orage se prépare

VI. La Fin d'une amitié

VII. Sophie et les autres

VIII. Amitié et sensibilité

IX. Les Frères de combat

X. Les Amitiés de conversation

XI. Les Enfants extraordinaires

XII. Un ami est un autre soi-même

XIII. Illusions perdues

Crébillon fils

I. Introduction: 'Why Crébillon?'

II. Les Lettres de la marquise de M. au comte de R. (1732)

Single narrator: a one-sided correspondence

Two 'free' characters

The outside world


III. Les Egarements du cœur et de l'esprit(1736, 1738)

Double narrator: Erlebendes Ich and Erzählendes Ich

The three faces of Meilcour

A rogue's progress

Symbolic decor: concentration in time and background


Mara Vamos, Pascal's pensées and the Enlightenment: the roots of a misunderstanding

Preface by Otis Fellows

I. Introduction

II. The Pensées: a forgotten book

III. The serenely unctuous pensées

IV. The riddle of the pensées

V. Order

VI. The omitted thoughts

VII. Structural modifications

VIII. Stylistic modifications

IX. Conclusion

Appendix I. Concordance


James F. Hamilton, Parallel interpretations, religious and political, of Rousseau’s Discours sur l’inégalité

R. A. Leigh, Rousseau, Voltaire and Saint-Péravy

David L. Anderson, Aspects of motif in La Nouvelle Héloïse

James F. Hamilton, A Theory of art in Rousseau’s first discourse

R. A. Leigh, New light on the genesis of the Lettres de la montagne: Rousseau’s marginalia on Tronchin

Sara Procious Maleug, Diderot’s descriptions of nature, 1759-1762


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