Time and Ways of Knowing Under Louis XIV

Roland Racevskis (Ed.)

Molière, Sévigné, Lafayette

220 pages
ISBN 9780838755198
Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture

This book is a study of the measurement and understanding of time in seventeenth-century Europe, particularly in France. Close readings of literary representations of time in Molière, Mme de Sévigné, and Mme de Lafayette are contextualized with historical studies of court life under Louis XIV, the restructuring of the early-modern French postal system, and the emergence of new practices of periodical publication, respectively. An epistemological backdrop for these historical and literary studies is provided by an introductory analysis of developments in the science of time measurement under Louis XIV. A concluding section places questions of human temporality in the contemporary context of global environmental concerns.

About the editor:

Roland Racevskis, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in French at the University of Iowa, is the author of Time and Ways of Knowing: Molière, Sèvignè, Lafayette (Bucknell University Press, 2003).


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