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The Resource Enlightenment and the shadows of chance : the novel and the culture of gambling in eighteenth-century France, Thomas M. Kavanagh

Enlightenment and the shadows of chance : the novel and the culture of gambling in eighteenth-century France, Thomas M. Kavanagh

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Enlightenment and the shadows of chance : the novel and the culture of gambling in eighteenth-century France
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Enlightenment and the shadows of chance
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the novel and the culture of gambling in eighteenth-century France
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Thomas M. Kavanagh
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eng
Summary
  • While Montesquieu was praising indifference to financial gain, Louis XV regularly presided over dizzying gambling games at Versailles. While Descartes was advancing a strategy for escaping from chance by appealing to the protocols of certainty, clandestine gambling operations in Paris numbered in the hundreds. Despite efforts by the major figures of the French Enlightenment to suppress the period's fascination with chance, high-stakes gambling was an integral part of the social rituals of the most influential groups within the ancien regime
  • In Enlightenment and the Shadows of Chance, Thomas Kavanagh explores this important paradox to shed light on the genesis, development, and function of the eighteenth-century French novel. First considering the roles of chance and gambling in the epistemological, social, and economic histories of the period, Kavanagh shows that doctrines of chance played a denied yet operative role in important aspects of what the French Enlightenment proclaimed itself to be. He then looks at representations of chance in the novels of Prechac, Prevost, Voltaire, Denon, Crebillon, and Diderot, and shows how they tell two stories: that of a deterministic and ordered universe, and that of a world of fortuitous events determined only by chance. It was the tension and interplay between these two poles, Kavanagh argues, that contributed in an important way to the development of the Enlightenment's ideal of the rational man
  • While Montesquieu was praising indifference to financial gain, Louis XV regularly presided over dizzying gambling games at Versailles. While Descartes was advancing a strategy for escaping from chance by appealing to the protocols of certainty, clandestine gambling operations in Paris numbered in the hundreds. Despite efforts by the major figures of the French Enlightenment to suppress the period's fascination with chance, high-stakes gambling was an integral part of the social rituals of the most influential groups within the ancient regime
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Kavanagh, Thomas M
Dewey number
843/.509355
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ648
LC item number
.K38 1993
Literary form
non fiction
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  • French fiction
  • Literature and society
  • Gambling in literature
  • Enlightenment
  • Chance in literature
  • Verlichting (cultuurgeschiedenis)
  • Romans
  • Frans
  • Gokken
  • Roman
  • Glücksspiel
  • Zufall
  • Aufklärung
  • Französisch
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Enlightenment and the shadows of chance : the novel and the culture of gambling in eighteenth-century France, Thomas M. Kavanagh
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-263) and index
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nc
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Pt. 1. Chance and the Culture of Enlightenment. 1. The Triumph of Probability Theory. 2. Gambling as Social Practice. 3. Law's System and the Gamble Refused -- Pt. 2. Chance and the Novel. 4. Toward a Novel of Experience. 5. Jean de Prechac and the Noble's Wager. 6. Chance, Reading, and the Tragedy of Experience: Prevost's Manon Lescaut. 7. The Ironies of Chance: Voltaire's Candide and Zadig. 8. Writing of No Consequence: Vivant Denon's Point de lendemain. 9. The Moment's Notice: Crebillon's Game of Libertinage. 10. Chance's Untellable Tale: Diderot's Jacques le fataliste
Control code
26401225
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 271 pages
Isbn
9780801845499
Lccn
92030732
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(WaOLN)283068
Label
Enlightenment and the shadows of chance : the novel and the culture of gambling in eighteenth-century France, Thomas M. Kavanagh
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-263) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pt. 1. Chance and the Culture of Enlightenment. 1. The Triumph of Probability Theory. 2. Gambling as Social Practice. 3. Law's System and the Gamble Refused -- Pt. 2. Chance and the Novel. 4. Toward a Novel of Experience. 5. Jean de Prechac and the Noble's Wager. 6. Chance, Reading, and the Tragedy of Experience: Prevost's Manon Lescaut. 7. The Ironies of Chance: Voltaire's Candide and Zadig. 8. Writing of No Consequence: Vivant Denon's Point de lendemain. 9. The Moment's Notice: Crebillon's Game of Libertinage. 10. Chance's Untellable Tale: Diderot's Jacques le fataliste
Control code
26401225
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 271 pages
Isbn
9780801845499
Lccn
92030732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)283068

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