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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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Emile, Wealth and Wellbeing

Emile, Wealth and Wellbeing

(p.117) 5 Emile, Wealth and Wellbeing
Rousseau's Hand

Angelica Goodden

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Emile and its treatment of themes such as anti-bookishness, handwork, wealth, and wellbeing. Its debt (or otherwise) to Robinson Crusoe is investigated in the context of self-help, the experience of solitude, and the merits of independence from society; Emile's ambiguities are suggested along with Rousseau's uncertain attitude towards books in general. The end of the work reveals the difficulty of living the good life both within and outside society, particularly in relation to the essential nature of woman.

Keywords:   Emile, education, anti-bookishness, craft and wellbeing, Robinson Crusoe, solitude and society, woman, the good life

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