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Rousseau's Hand: The Crafting of a Writer

Angelica Goodden


For all the fame he won as a writer during a brief but astonishingly fertile period in the 1750s and early 1760s, Rousseau saw the making of books as essentially foreign to his nature: what mattered most to him was making things. Descended as he was from a long line of watchmakers, and raised in the artisanal heart of Geneva, he helped the promotion of craft associated with his one-time friend Diderot, whose Encyclopédie proclaimed the varied virtues of manual activity. Taking as its point of departure the moral and monetary economy of craftsmanship in eighteenth-century Switzerland, this eleg ... More

Keywords: writing, making, craft, apprenticeship, Encyclopédie, Geneva, horology, homo faber, material, technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199683833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angelica Goodden, author
Fellow, St Hilda's College, Oxford