The Backward Look: Memory and Writing Self in France 1580-1920

The Backward Look Memory and Writing Self in France Theories of memory and fictional recreations of the remembering mind have occupied a central place in French literature since Montaigne The author investigates the shifting relation between cognitive

  • Title: The Backward Look: Memory and Writing Self in France 1580-1920
  • Author: Angelica Goodden
  • ISBN: 9781351198493
  • Page: 346
  • Format: ebook
  • Theories of memory and fictional recreations of the remembering mind have occupied a central place in French literature since Montaigne The author investigates the shifting relation between cognitive or scientific memory and emotional or spiritual recollection in a series of major writers from the 16th to the 20th centuries Her study focuses on the 18th century, wherTheories of memory and fictional recreations of the remembering mind have occupied a central place in French literature since Montaigne The author investigates the shifting relation between cognitive or scientific memory and emotional or spiritual recollection in a series of major writers from the 16th to the 20th centuries Her study focuses on the 18th century, where the interplay between memory and imagination and the link between self knowledge and self presentation are shown to be exceptionally fertile The philosophical, scientific and fictional writings of Diderot and the novels and autobiographical works of Rousseau are central to this ground breaking work, which should be of interest to all readers concerned with the specificity of the French literary tradition.

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