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The Fables of ReasonA Study of Voltaire's Contes Philosophiques$
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Roger Pearson

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198158806

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158806.001.0001

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Hearts and Minds: LʼIngénu

Hearts and Minds: LʼIngénu

(p.168) 10 Hearts and Minds: LʼIngénu
The Fables of Reason


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This chapter discusses one of Voltaire's popular works, LʼIngénu, which is a comic satire which was published in July 1767. This work features a ‘noble savage’, and by the end of the story readers are left confused about what Voltaire was actually trying to say. The discussions included in this chapter are the relations and similarities LʼIngénu has with Rousseau, and the constant metamorphosis that goes on in the story. One concept introduced in this work is that of textual politics.

Keywords:   Voltaire, comic satire, July 1767, LʼIngénu, Rousseau, metamorphosis, textual politics, noble savage

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