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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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Drama and Life

Drama and Life

(p.90) (p.91) 4 Drama and Life
Rousseau's Hand

Angelica Goodden

Oxford University Press

This chapter details Rousseau's writing of and on drama, and dwells on the Lettre à d’Alembert's contrasting the effects of playgoing with the moral benefits of daily life in theatre-free, craft-loving communities such as Geneva's. His ambivalence towards other forms of leisure is explored, and again linked with his utilitarian theory of art. The writing and hand-copying of La Nouvelle Héloïse is described along with his defence of the book's moral ambiguities.

Keywords:   drama and theatre, Lettre à d’Alembert, Geneva and Swiss craft, art and utility, transcribing La Nouvelle Héloïse

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