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REVERIES OF THE SOLITARY WALKER (Oxford World´s Classics New Edition)


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Publikováno: 2011
Formát: paperback paperback 160 stran
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Rousseau's last great work, Reveries of the Solitary Walker, is part reminiscence, part meditation, as the philosopher seeks to come to terms with his isolation and find happiness in solitude and nature. The Reveries are an important complement to Rousseau's other philosophical and autobiographical works and address many of the same issues, making it a useful introduction for anyone interested in reading Rousseau for the first time. A new translation that marries accuracy with readability. The Introduction discuss the nature of the work and places it in its historical, literary, and intellectual contexts. It considers the Reveries alongside Rousseau's other autobiographical work, notably the Confessions, and the form and style of the text in the context of the history of lyrical prose narratives, the rise of Romanticism, and works about walking. Detailed explanatory notes enable readers to appreciate to the full Rousseau's ideas, ranging from biographical details to literary allusions, philosophical contexts, and the routes around Paris where Rousseau walks. 'These hours of solitude and meditation are the only time of the day when I am completely myself' Reveries of the Solitary Walker is Rousseau's last great work, the product of his final years of exile from the society that condemned his political and religious views. Returning to Paris the philosopher determines to keep a faithful record of the thoughts and ideas that come to him on his perambulations. Part reminiscence, part reflection, enlivened by anecdote and encounters, the Reveries form a kind of sequel to his Confessions, but they are more introspective and less defensive: Rousseau finds happiness in solitude, walks in nature, botanizing, and meditation. Writing an account of his walks becomes a means of achieving self-knowledge and safeguarding for himself the pleasure that others, he is convinced, seek to deny him. The Reveries, shaped by the unmediated nature of Rousseau's thought processes, give powerfully lyrical expression to a painfully tortured soul in search of peace. This new translation is accompanied by an introduction and notes that explore the nature of the work and its historical, literary, and intellectual contexts. Readership: General readers interested in Rousseau, life-writing/autobiography, nature and the environment, the experience of an individual finding himself; students of French literature/studies, the Englightenment and literature of ideas, European (pre-) Romanticism, comparative courses on autobiography, the history of European political thought, walking in literature.


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  • ISBN: 0199563276
  • EAN: 9780199563272

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