'The Philosophes' by Charles Palissot

By: Goodman, Jessica
Contributor(s): Ferret, Olivier
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Open Book Publishers 2021Description: 1 electronic resource (234 p.)ISBN: 9781783749089Subject(s): Charles Palissot de MontenoyOnline resources: Click here to access online | Click here to access online | Click here to access online Summary: In 1760, the French playwright Charles Palissot de Montenoy wrote Les Philosophes 's 2013; a scandalous farcical comedy about a group of opportunistic self-styled philosophers. Les Philosophes emerged in the charged historical context of the pamphlet wars surrounding the publication of Diderot and d's 2019;Alembert's 2019;s Encyclopedie, and delivered an oblique but acerbic criticism of the intellectuals of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, including the likes of Diderot and Rousseau. This book presents the first high-quality English translation of the play, including critical apparatus. The translation is based on Olivier Ferret's 2019;s edition, and renders the text into iambic pentameter to preserve the character of the original. Adaptations are further provided of Ferret's 2019;s introduction and notes. This masterful and highly accessible translation of Les Philosophes opens up this polemical text to a non-specialist audience. It will be a valuable resource to non-Francophone scholars and students working on the philosophical exchanges of the Enlightenment. Moreover, this translation 's 2013; the result of a year-long project undertaken by Jessica Goodman with six of her undergraduate French students 's 2013; expounds the value of collaboration between scholar and student, and, as such, provides a model for other language tutors embarking on translation projects with their students.
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In 1760, the French playwright Charles Palissot de Montenoy wrote Les Philosophes 's 2013; a scandalous farcical comedy about a group of opportunistic self-styled philosophers. Les Philosophes emerged in the charged historical context of the pamphlet wars surrounding the publication of Diderot and d's 2019;Alembert's 2019;s Encyclopedie, and delivered an oblique but acerbic criticism of the intellectuals of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, including the likes of Diderot and Rousseau. This book presents the first high-quality English translation of the play, including critical apparatus. The translation is based on Olivier Ferret's 2019;s edition, and renders the text into iambic pentameter to preserve the character of the original. Adaptations are further provided of Ferret's 2019;s introduction and notes. This masterful and highly accessible translation of Les Philosophes opens up this polemical text to a non-specialist audience. It will be a valuable resource to non-Francophone scholars and students working on the philosophical exchanges of the Enlightenment. Moreover, this translation 's 2013; the result of a year-long project undertaken by Jessica Goodman with six of her undergraduate French students 's 2013; expounds the value of collaboration between scholar and student, and, as such, provides a model for other language tutors embarking on translation projects with their students.

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