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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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The Order of Insight

The Order of Insight

(p.163) 7 The Order of Insight
Rousseau's Hand

Angelica Goodden

Oxford University Press

In this chapter the writing of the Confessions is associated with Rousseau's discovery of botanizing as a collection of ‘specimens’ to be classified and examined according to objective criteria, epitomized by the Linnaean system he explores during his stay in England. His theory of ornament is elaborated in terms of the truth and objectivity claimed for the Confessions and Rêveries du promeneur solitaire, along with the hand- and footwork implicit in the activities of his old age, his music copying and plant collecting, and his countervailing praise of idleness.

Keywords:   Confessions, botanizing, Linnaeus, walking, the Rêveries, music copying, plant collecting, idleness

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