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Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment Writer$
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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

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Anger and Authorship in Rousseau

Anger and Authorship in Rousseau

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Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment Writer

Patrick Coleman

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes Rousseau's evolving relationship with his public by examining the distinctions he draws between good and bad anger, between righteous indignation and self-centered resentment. The different ways anger is discussed and displayed in the two Discours, in the Lettre à d'Alembert, in Julie, ou la nouvelle Héloïse, and in Émile, serve to legitimize the low-born author's critique of social conventions and to provoke his readers to action. Yet, they also illustrate Rousseau's belief that a Senecan transcendence of emotion is a key both to social harmony and to the inner equilibrium of the self, and equanimity no less than a Juvenalian capacity for anger is set up as evidence of the author's claim to cultural authority. The tension between these two attitudes is shown to be a primary source of dynamism in Rousseau's work.

Keywords:   indignation, resentment, equanimity, Juvenal, Molière, Plutarch, Seneca

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