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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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Crafting a Self

Crafting a Self

(p.143) 6 Crafting a Self
Rousseau's Hand

Angelica Goodden

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Rousseau's dislike of his portrait by Allan Ramsay, the difficulties of his forced residence in England and relations with David Hume, and his attempt to capture the truth of his person in words rather than visual images. The dexterity and otherwise of hands and the deficiencies of sight (in the playlet Narcisse and the fragment Pygmalion) are compared with the elusiveness of the subjective self and the vividness of narrative as a form of mimesis.

Keywords:   portraiture, Allan Ramsay, England, Hume, Narcisse, Pygmalion, words and images, personhood, mimesis

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