Drawing largely on the etymological meaning of the word 'confusion' as the action of mixing or blending, John C. O'Neal traces the development of a progressive poetics of confusion in the French Enlightenment. This project, he claims, aimed to reject dogmatic thinking in all of its forms and to recognize the need to embrace complexity. Eighteenth-century thinkers used the notion of confusion in a progressive way to reorganize social classes, literary forms, metaphysical substances, scientific methods, and cultural categories such as taste and gender.
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|Size: ||1.1 MB|
|Publisher: ||University of Delaware|
|Date published: || 2011|
|ISBN: ||2370007462162 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|