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Novelists, artists, and philosophers of the eighteenth century understood pleasure as a virtueand#8212;a gift to be shared with oneand#8217;s companion, with a reader, or with the public.and#160;In this daring new book, Thomas Kavanagh overturns the prevailing scholarly tradition that views eighteenth-century France primarily as the incubator of the Revolution.and#160; Instead, Kavanagh demonstrates how the art and literature of the era put the experience of pleasure at the center of the cultural agenda, leadingand#160;to advances in both ethics and aesthetics.

Kavanagh shows that pleasure is not necessarily hedonistic or opposed to Enlightenment ideals in general; rather, he argues that the pleasure of individuals is necessary for the welfare of theirand#160;community.

About the Author

Thomas M. Kavanagh, the Augustus R. Street Professor of French and department chair at Yale University, is the author of Dice, Cards, Wheels: A Different History of French Culture. He lives in Woodbridge, CT.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300140941
Author:
Kavanagh, Thomas M.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
France Intellectual life 18th century.
Subject:
French literature -- 18th century.
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
History & Surveys - 17th/18th Century
Subject:
World History-France
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and Histo
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 b/w illus.
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.15 lb

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