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Literary and Linguistic Theories in Eighteenth-Century FranceFrom Nuances to Impertinence$
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Edward Nye

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198160120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160120.001.0001

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Literary and Linguistic Theories in Eighteenth-Century France

Edward Nye

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how 18th-century language debates are a rich source of theories about imitation in the arts and a remarkable attempt to answer the ‘what’ and ‘how’ questions to which it gives rise. It argues that the despite the doubts raised about the theory of imitation in the 18th century, for many it is the best working hypothesis available.

Keywords:   imitation, language, arts

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