Through Strangers' Eyes

Through Strangers' Eyes

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qConsidering the qstrangerq as a figure of ambiguity, Sylvie Romanowski explains why the genre was so useful to the Enlightenment. The question of why showing ambiguous strangers is important in that period is addressed in the book's introduction by setting the Enlightenment in the historical context of the seventeenth century. Romanowski then examines Montaigne's qDes Cannibales, q showing how these first qoutsidersq relate to their eighteenth-century successors. She next considers Montesquieu's Lettres persanes in its entirety, studying the voices of the men, the women, and the eunuchs. She also studies other examples of the genre.q--Jacket.Note that Montaigne introduces the impossibility of representing pure and simple things (202) before he discusses the impossibility of representing nature (203). The argument of the essay is about knowledge, about knowing the aquot;sauvage, aquot; the anbsp;...

Title:Through Strangers' Eyes
Author: Sylvie Romanowski
Publisher:Purdue University Press - 2005

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