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Rousseau's HandThe Crafting of  a Writer$
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Angelica Goodden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199683833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683833.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Rousseau's Hand
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Angelica Goodden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683833.003.0001

Rousseau thought the ‘disenchanted’ world of wordsmiths a crude perversion of literature, and himself abandoned creative writing for music copying in middle life. He celebrated homo faber’s integrity along with the practicality and usefulness of manual work in the face of depersonalizing technological advance, yet the writings in which he extolled these virtues won him persecution as well as European celebrity. The paradox of craft's material essence in a world of abhorrent materialism and the problematic mechanization of ordinary existence exercised him throughout his life. Rousseau's Hand explores these preoccupations.

Keywords:   disenchantment, wordsmith, literature, homo faber, materials and materialism

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