Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment Writer$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Patrick Coleman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589340

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589340.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 14 July 2020

Reconnaissance in La Vie de Marianne

Reconnaissance in La Vie de Marianne

(p.72) 3 Reconnaissance in La Vie de Marianne
Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment Writer

Patrick Coleman

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses how Marianne, the orphan heroine of Marivaux's novel La Vie de Marianne, manipulates the language of gratitude in order to secure the social recognition she believes she deserves. Although she is unable to prove her noble birth, by displaying a refined appreciation of the favors she receives she turns humiliating obligation into a self-validating evidence of high status. She transforms the hierarchical dynamic of benefaction into a mutual and more egalitarian exchange of tendresse reminiscent of the noble romances of Madeleine de Scudéry. By contrast, Marianne's noble friend Tervire's inability to devise successful recognition scenes (Terence Cave, Paul Ricœur) makes her vulnerable to social degradation. The chapter argues that this double plot illustrates Marivaux's own reflection on his status as an author dependent on, and yet empowered by, the patronage of influential women.

Keywords:   tendresse, recognition, orphan, patronage, benefaction, Scudéry

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .