Letter to d'Alembert and Writings for the Theater

ISBN-10: 1584653531

ISBN-13: 9781584653530

Edition: 2004

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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.
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Book details

List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 1/1/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 443
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.914

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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