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Playing Simplicity

Polemical Stupidity in the Writing of the French Enlightenment

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Robin Howells

Contents: Polemical stupidity – The French Enlightenment – Playfulness – The Fool – Simplicity and questioning – Natures as critique and philosophy – Rewriting and hybrid genres – Worldliness – Surprise and pleasure – The rococo – Comic theatre, letters, the novel – Pascal – The ‘Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes’ – The Lettres persanes – Marivaux – Voltaire – Diderot – Rousseau.