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Literary and Linguistic Theories in Eighteenth-Century France: From Nuances to Impertinence

Edward Nye


‘Linguistic’ theories in the 18th century are also theories of literature and art, and it is probably better, therefore, to think of them as ‘aesthetic’ theories. As such, they are answers to the age-old question ‘What is beauty?’, but formulated, also, to respond to contemporary concerns. This book considers a wide range of authors from these two perspectives and draws the following conclusions: etymology is a theory of poetry; dictionaries of synonymy, prosody, and metaphor are theories of preciosity; and Sensualism is a theory of artistic representation. The background to these contentions ... More

Keywords: linguistic theories, etymology, poetry, dictionaries, synonymy, prosody, metaphor, preciosity, Sensualism, nuances

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198160120
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160120.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Nye, author
University Lecturer in French, and Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford