Advertisement

Sensibility, Genre, and the Roman philosophique

  • Henry Martyn LloydEmail author
Chapter
  • 106 Downloads

Abstract

Continuing to focuses on key philosophical features of Sade’s context this chapter turns to the implications of the period’s ontology of the body for the genre in the period, and for the manner in which philosophy was, or could be, written. Specifically, the chapter shows that the relationship between the body of sensibility and the eighteenth-century’s philosophical novel was not accidental but rather was heavily determined. Important too is the proximity between the philosophical novel and the novel of sensibility: for example those by Richardson and also Rousseau. Key references for this chapter include: Condillac, Helvétius, Diderot, and Rousseau, as well as Sade’s own “Reflections on the Novel.”

References

  1. Astbury, Katherine. 2002. “The Marquis de Sade and the Sentimental Tale: Les Crimes de l’amour as a Subversion of Sensibility.” The Australian Journal of French Studies 39 (1): 47–59.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Barker-Benfield, G. J. 1992. The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  3. Bloom, Allan. 1979. “Introduction.” In Emile, or On Education, 3–28. New York: Basic Books.Google Scholar
  4. Brewer, John. 2009. “Sentiment and Sensibility.” In The Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature, edited by James Chandler, 21–44. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  5. Cassirer, Ernst. 1967. The Question of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Translated by Peter Gay. Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Condillac, Etienne Bonnot de. 1970/1821–1822 [1754]. “Traité des sensations.” In Oeuvres complètes, 1–327. Genève: Slatkine Reprints.Google Scholar
  7. Condillac, Etienne Bonnot de. 1982 [1754]. “A Treatise on the Sensations.” In Philosophical Writings of Etienne Bonnot de Condillac, 155–346. Hillsdale, NJ: L. Erlbaum Associates.Google Scholar
  8. Diderot, Denis. 1773. “Éloge de Richardson, auteur des romans de Paméla, de Clarisse et de Grandisson.” In Collection complette des ouvres philosophiques, littéraires et dramatiques de M. Diderot, 384–405. London [i.e. Amsterdam?].Google Scholar
  9. Diderot, Denis. 1875–1877 [1758]. “Réflexions sur le Livre de l’Esprit.” In Œuvres complètes de Diderot. Vol II, edited by J. Assézat, 267–74. Paris: Garnier.Google Scholar
  10. Durante, Danile Castillo. 1997. Sade ou l’ombre des lumières. Edited by Marc Goldstein and Roland Bonnel. Vol. 7, Eighteenth-Century French Intellectual History. New York and Paris: Peter Lang.Google Scholar
  11. Ellis, Markman. 1996. The Politics of Sensibility: Race, Gender and Commerce in the Sentimental Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  12. Festa, Lynn. 2006. Sentimental Figures of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.Google Scholar
  13. Gaston, Sean. 2010. “The Impossibility of Sympathy.” The Eighteenth Century 51 (1–2): 129–52.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Helvétius, Claude A. 1758. De L’Esprit. Paris: Durand.Google Scholar
  15. Helvétius, Claude A. 1809 [1758]. De L’Esprit: Or Essays on the Mind and its Several Faculties. London: R. M. Richardson (Original edition, This is a facsimile edition of the 1809 English translation).Google Scholar
  16. Keymer, Thomas. 2005. “Sentimental Fiction: Ethics, Social Critique and Philosophy.” In The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660–1780, Vol. 1, edited by John Richetti, 572–601. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  17. Knight, Isabel. 1968. The Geometric Spirit: The Abbé de Condillac and the French Enlightenment. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.Google Scholar
  18. La Mettrie, Julien Offray de. 1750a. “Anti-seneca or the Sovereign Good.” In Machine Man and Other Writings, edited by Ann Thomson, 117–44. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  19. La Mettrie, Julien Offray de. 1750b. “Preliminary Discourse.” In Machine Man and Other Writings, edited by Ann Thomson, 145–73. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  20. Lamb, Jonathan. 2009. The Evolution of Sympathy in the Long Eighteenth Century. London: Pickering & Chatto.Google Scholar
  21. Lever, Maurice, ed. 1993. Catalogue de La Coste. Vol. 2, Papiers de famille: Le marquis de Sade et les siens (1761–1815). Paris: Fayard.Google Scholar
  22. Lloyd, Henry Martyn. 2018. “The French Enlightenment Attempts to Create a Philosophy Without Reason: The Case of Diderot and the Effect of Helvétius.” Intellectual History Review 28 (2): 271–92.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Mullan, John. 1988. Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century. Oxford: Clarendon Press.Google Scholar
  24. Mullan, John. 1996. “Sentimental Novels.” In The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, edited by John Richetti, 236–54. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  25. O’Hagan, Timothy. 1999. Rousseau. Edited by Ted Honderich, The Arguments of the Philosophers. London and New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  26. Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. 1964 [1762]. Emile ou de l’éducation. Paris: Editions Garnier Freres.Google Scholar
  27. Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. 1979 [1762]. Emile, or On Education. Translated by Allan Bloom. New York: Basic Books.Google Scholar
  28. Sade, D. A. F. 1966 [1799]. “Reflections on the Novel.” In The 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings, edited by Austryn Wainhouseand and Richard Seaver, 97–116. New York: Grove Press.Google Scholar
  29. Sade, D. A. F. 1987. “Idée sur les romans.” In Les Crimes de l’amour: Nouvelles héroïques et tragiques précédées d’une Idée sur les romans, edited by Michel Delon, 27–51. Paris: Gallimard.Google Scholar
  30. Sade, D. A. F. 1998 [1795]. “Aline et Valcour, ou le roman philosophique écrit à la Bastille un an avant la Révolution de France.” In Œuvres, edited by Michel Delon, 335–1109. Paris: Editions Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade.Google Scholar
  31. Smith, D. W. 1965. Helvétius: A Study in Persecution. Oxford: Clarendon Press.Google Scholar
  32. Stewart, Philip. 2010. L’Invention du Sentiment: Roman et Economie Affective au XVIIIe Siècle. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation. Google Scholar
  33. van Sant, Ann Jessie. 1993. Eighteenth-Century Sensibility and the Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  34. Vermeir, Koen, and Michael Funk Deckard. 2012. “Philosophical Enquiries into the Science of Sensibility: An Introductory Essay.” In The Science of Sensibility: Reading Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry, edited by Koen Vermeir and Michael Funk Deckard, 3–56. Dordrecht and New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  35. Vila, Anne C. 1998. Enlightenment and Pathology: Sensibility in the Literature and Medicine of Eighteenth-Century France. London: Johns Hopkins University Press.Google Scholar
  36. Voltaire. 1765. “Imagination, Imaginer.” In Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres, edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond D’Alembert, 8: 560–63. Paris: Briasson, David, Le Breton & Durand.Google Scholar
  37. Voltaire. 1964. Lettres philosophiques ou lettres anglaises avec le texte complet des remarques sur les Pensées de Pascal. Paris: Editions Garnier Fréres.Google Scholar
  38. Warman, Caroline. 2002. Sade: From Materialism to Pornography. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Historical and Philosophical InquiryUniversity of QueenslandSaint LuciaAustralia

Personalised recommendations