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Lettres d'Italie du Président De Brosses, le paradoxe d''une esthétique de la familiarité

Abstract : Charles De Brosses and Denis Diderot, both fellows from their native place and knowledge, are well-known through their huge scientifical works but can also appear remarquable through other features than erudition. Both were much concerned by the importance of style when used into scientific language. As much Diderot as De Brosses, thanks to a specific letter-writing style with no addressee except the reader, in such aesthetic works as the Salons or Lettres d’Italie, were able even without travelling (Diderot), or a long time after (De Brosses), to express very intimate views from their artistic impressions, and original thoughts on exotic landscape or life in the South. Particularly De Brosses overcomes the literary clichés on the “Grand tour” used from Montaigne in most guide-books and becomes, through the genuine and picturesque style of his “Lettres d’Italie”, a gender-model for all his followers and poet-travellers like Stendhal.
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Odile Richard-Pauchet. Lettres d'Italie du Président De Brosses, le paradoxe d''une esthétique de la familiarité. Épistolaire, Honoré Champion, 2015. ⟨hal-02490194⟩



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