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A SINGULAR DUALITY
Literary Relations Between France
and England in the
Eighteenth Century

By Robert J. Frail

ISBN-13: 978-0-404-63548-0 Cloth $74.50
LC PR129.F8F73 2007

AMS Studies in the Eighteenth Century, No. 48


In A Singular Duality, Robert J. Frail delineates the complex but ordered progression of ideas in literature that bound two nations, divided by politics and often by war, into an orchestrated cultural collusion drawn from the emotive power of the memoir novel and served by translators who understood the diversity of the European market.

Frail's topics range from the extraordinary success of the English memoir novel in French literature carried out by Dutch publishing houses, to France and the American revolution as seen from the perspective of intellectual and cultural history. Furthermore, he reflects on such works of literature as Laclos's Les liaisons dangereuses, Sheridan's Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph, Diderot's La Religieuse, Montesquieu's Les lettres persanes, and Rousseau's Julie, ou La Nouvelle Heloise.


Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1. Chez les Bouquinistes: Dutch Publishers and English Novels
2. The 1750 Watershed
3. The Eighteenth-Century Novel and the Core Curriculum: Dangerous Liaisons
4. France and the American Revolution
5. Diderot's La Religieuse: Parisian Attitudes
6. Respect and Deference: Sentimental Writing/Righting in Frances Sheridan's Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph
7. Translation as Performance: Shakespeare in France
8. Under My Thumb: Julie's False Passion; Sex, Society, and Female Virtue
9. Decoding the Cultural Biases in Montesquieu's Lettres persanes
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index