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- DescriptionJean-Jacques Rousseau created the autobiographical genre in 1766 when he began his Confessions. Before him, readers were familiar with Christian apologetics and memoirs, but t with a modern autobiography. This book examines the role Rousseau requires his rhetorical reader to play, if he be in earnest, and it offers the contrasting reactions of real readers who when faced with the final version of the text were stunned by what they read, for the Confessions went far beyond all expectations in their belligerence, their intimacy of detail and their overwhelming critique of the social institutions of the ancien regime. The study shows how readers past and present refer time and again to the same passages, always heavily embedded with caveats and exhortations to the reader.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Catherine Beaudry received her B.A. from the Catholic University of America and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has taught at Wake Forest University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and is currently teaching at Dickinson College. From 1989 to 1991 she served as the Director of Dickinson's program in Toulouse, France.
- Author(s)Catherine A Beaudry,Catherine A. Beaudry
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/01/1992
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleThe Age of Revolution and Romanticism Interdisciplinary Studies
- Series Part/Volume Number2
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published1991
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight380 g
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