Mme de Sévigné : du style des choses aux choses du style

Abstract : Mme de Sévigné: From the style of things to things of style The way Mme de Sévigné mentions and depicts objects or things in her letters calls for a historical and anthropological investigation, as it can shed light on the practices of a female individual during the classical period. It shows her tastes, gives an idea of how she perceived the world, and leads one to conclude that objects are not important in and of themselves for the famous letter writer. Yet this study is also concerned with Mme de Sévigné’s writing process itself. She does not look naively or in any realistic manner at the world around her. For her, objects and trivial matters are at once a privileged means to signify æsthetic and rhetorical choices. They help forge a new genre of eloquence.
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Laurence Plazenet. Mme de Sévigné : du style des choses aux choses du style. Dix-septième siècle, Presses Universitaires de France, Société d'études du XVIIe siècle, 2018, 278 (1), pp.137-154. ⟨10.3917/dss.181.0137⟩. ⟨hal-01998610⟩

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