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    Letter to d'Alembert and Writings for the Theater

    ISBN-10: 1584653531
    ISBN-13: 9781584653530
    Author(s): Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Allan David Bloom, Charles E. Butterworth, Christopher Kelly, Jean Le Rond d' Alembert
    Description: In 1758, Jean Le Rond d'Alembert proposed the public establishment of a theater in Geneva--and Jean-Jacques Rousseau vigorously objected. Their exchange, collected in volume ten of this acclaimed series, offers a classic debate over the political  More...
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    Publisher: University Press of New England
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 443
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.914

    In 1758, Jean Le Rond d'Alembert proposed the public establishment of a theater in Geneva--and Jean-Jacques Rousseau vigorously objected. Their exchange, collected in volume ten of this acclaimed series, offers a classic debate over the political importance of the arts. As these two leading figures of the Enlightenment argue about censorship, popular versus high culture, and the proper role of women in society, their dispute signals a declaration of war that divided the Enlightenment into contending factions. These two thinkers confront the contentious issues surrounding public support for the arts through d'Alembert's original proposal, Rousseau's attack, and the first English translation of d'Alembert's response as well as correspondence relating to the exchange. The volume also contains Rousseau's own writings for the theater, including plays and libretti for operas, most of which have never been translated into English. Among them, Le Devin du village was the most popular French opera of the eighteenth century while his late work Pygmalion is a profound meditation on the relation between an artist and his creation. This volume offers English readers a unique opportunity to appreciate Rousseau's writings for the theater as well as his attack on the theater as a public institution.

    Preface
    Chronology of Works in Volume 10
    Note on the Text
    Introduction
    Operas, Plays, and Ballets
    Iphis
    The Discovery of the New World
    The Prisoners of War
    The Reckless Pledge
    Harlequin in Love in Spite of Himself
    Narcissus; or, the Lover of Himself
    The Death of Lucretia
    The Gallant Muses
    The Festivals of Ramire
    The Village Soothsayer
    Pygmalion
    Letter to d'Alembert and Related Writings
    Geneva: D'Alembert's Article "Geneva"
    J. J. Rousseau, Citizen of Geneva, to M. d'Alembert: Letter to d'Alembert on the Theater
    Correspondence Relating to the Letter to d'Alembert
    Letter of M. d'Alembert to M. J. J. Rousseau: "Letter to J. J. Rousseau" by d'Alembert
    "Response to the Anonymous Letter Written by Members of the Legal Profession"
    Letter from Julien-David Leroy to Rousseau: "Letter from Leroy"
    From Rousseau to Leroy: "Letter from Rousseau to Leroy"
    Notes
    Index

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