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Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment

Natania Meeker


Eighteenth-century France witnessed the rise of matter itself—in forms ranging from atoms to anatomies—as a privileged object of study. This book redefines what is at stake in the emergence of an enlightened secular materialism by showing how questions of figure—How should a body be represented? What should the effects of this representation be on readers?—are tellingly and consistently located at the very heart of 18th-century debates about the nature of material substance. French materialisms of the Enlightenment are crucially invested not only in the development of a sophisticated theoretic ... More

Keywords: eighteenth-century France, matter, materialism, Enlightenment, real, reading, transfigure, fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780823226962
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823226962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natania Meeker, author