Ancient or Modern? Bérardier de Bataut’s Essai sur le récit (1776)
When François-Joseph Bérardier de Bataut first published his Essai sur le récit, ou entretiens sur la manière de raconter in 1776, the book received enthusiastic reviews and was praised for being an instructive account of the art of storytelling. This fact has not, however, prevented the book from being all but forgotten today. The present contribution proposes an examination of this text, aiming to reflect on the reasons for the Essai sur le récit’s oblivion and to demonstrate the various respects in which this oblivion appears to be unjustified. It does so by showing that while the Essai sur le récit remains strongly influenced by the classicist period, especially in the range of authors quoted and in some of the core values it attributes to narrative, it also contains quite a few more innovative aspects, especially in the very definition of narrative given and in the treatment of narrative circumstances. Attention to Bérardier’s text thus promises to contribute to a growing interest in the persistence of the classical heritage during the Age of Enlightenment, at the same time as it proves relevant to our understanding of the poetics of narrative in the French eighteenth century.
TEICHI and the Tools Paradox: Developing a Publishing Framework for Digital Editions
La Description double dans le roman français des Lumières, 1760-1800
This book provides an analysis of descriptive writing in a corpus of French novels published between 1760 and 1800.
L'époque des Lumières voit s'épanouir les pratiques descriptives dans la plupart des genres littéraires. La description romanesque participe de cet épanouissement sans devenir encore un élément programmatique du genre romanesque. L'époque se distingue par la coexistence de deux formes de description: l'enjeu de la première est sa légitimation, celui de la seconde concerne ses relations à la peinture. Replaçant ces enjeux dans leur contexte, le présent ouvrage propose une analyse de l'écriture descriptive dans un corpus de romans français parus entre 1760 et 1800.