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Chateaubriand : The Paradox of Change

By: Scott, Malcolm.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Romanticism and after in France / le Romantisme et Après en France: Publisher: Oxford : Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2014Description: 1 online resource (275 p.).ISBN: 9783035306699.Subject(s): Authors, French -- 19th century -- Biography | Chateaubriand, François-René, -- vicomte de, -- 1768-1848 -- Criticism and interpretationGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Chateaubriand : The Paradox of ChangeDDC classification: 840.9007 LOC classification: PQ146 -- .S36 2015ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Note on Quotations and Translations -- Introduction -- Chateaubriand: A Closed Book? -- A New Approach -- Change and Fixity -- The Biographical and Historical Context -- Chapter 1: Change's Victim -- The Shock of Revolution -- An Interlude of Counter-Change -- The Depths of Change -- Chapter 2: Revolutions Ancient and Modern -- Writing the Essai -- Revolving Revolutions -- Reflections -- Chapter 3: Apostle of Religious Change -- A Change in the Man? -- Chateaubriand's 'Religious Book' -- Apologetic: Chateaubriand and Pascal
Chapter 4: New Culture for Old -- Christianity and the Epic -- Virgil and Fénelon -- Dante -- Tasso -- Milton -- Voltaire -- Tragedians -- Conclusion: Chateaubriand's Classical Preference -- Chapter 5: Change's Accidental Agent -- Apologetic Fictions -- Atala -- René -- The Ambivalence of Love -- Melancholy -- Change and Changeability -- Romantic Legacy -- Chapter 6: Classical Preference -- A Drying of the Spring? -- Les Martyrs -- Le Dernier Abencérage -- Moïse -- Les Natchez -- Postscript: The Romantic Revolutionary -- Chapter 7: Champion of Freedom -- A Second 'New World'
Emperor Alexander Augustus Nero Tiberius -- From Bonaparte to the Bourbons -- Constitutional Merry-Go-Round -- Réflexions politiques -- The Hundred Days -- De la Monarchie selon la Charte -- Reprisal -- Chapter 8: The Illusion of Fixity -- Untenable Affinities -- Bourbon Blood -- Vive la Charte, mais vive le Roi -- Endgame -- Inertia -- An Unlikely Conspiracy -- Defender of Fixity, Advocate of Change -- Chapter 9: Finale: Change and Freedom -- The Freedom of Political Change -- Changing Views of Literature -- Change in a Mind's Eye -- Vie de Rancé -- The Christian Essence of Freedom
The Circularity of Change -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Writings of Chateaubriand -- Other works -- Index
Summary: This reassessment of Chateaubriand's literary and political achievements, offered as an intellectual biography of the writer, is centred on the concept of change and Chateaubriand's emotional suspicion of change, arising both from mistrust of his own inconstancy and from the personal and collective suffering of the French Revolution. His aversion to change spread beyond politics to religion and literature, but conflicted with his intellectual fascination with historic change in all three areas. The paradox of his fluctuating attitude to change allows a challenge to traditional views of Chateaubriand's status. Was he truly a committed founder of French Romanticism? Was he an unswerving right-wing legitimist? Was he an insincere and 'aesthetic' Christian? The book provides new answers to these questions, presenting a very different Chateaubriand both through an analysis of his preference for the epic literature of Greece and Rome and its Christian heritage in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and by its account of his subtle pleading for constitutional monarchy. Malcolm Scott argues that the failure of Chateaubriand's political aspirations led him, again paradoxically, to the espousal of change and to a final dramatic reversal of his literary and religious standpoint, expressed in the writings of the last few years of his life.
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Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Note on Quotations and Translations -- Introduction -- Chateaubriand: A Closed Book? -- A New Approach -- Change and Fixity -- The Biographical and Historical Context -- Chapter 1: Change's Victim -- The Shock of Revolution -- An Interlude of Counter-Change -- The Depths of Change -- Chapter 2: Revolutions Ancient and Modern -- Writing the Essai -- Revolving Revolutions -- Reflections -- Chapter 3: Apostle of Religious Change -- A Change in the Man? -- Chateaubriand's 'Religious Book' -- Apologetic: Chateaubriand and Pascal

Chapter 4: New Culture for Old -- Christianity and the Epic -- Virgil and Fénelon -- Dante -- Tasso -- Milton -- Voltaire -- Tragedians -- Conclusion: Chateaubriand's Classical Preference -- Chapter 5: Change's Accidental Agent -- Apologetic Fictions -- Atala -- René -- The Ambivalence of Love -- Melancholy -- Change and Changeability -- Romantic Legacy -- Chapter 6: Classical Preference -- A Drying of the Spring? -- Les Martyrs -- Le Dernier Abencérage -- Moïse -- Les Natchez -- Postscript: The Romantic Revolutionary -- Chapter 7: Champion of Freedom -- A Second 'New World'

Emperor Alexander Augustus Nero Tiberius -- From Bonaparte to the Bourbons -- Constitutional Merry-Go-Round -- Réflexions politiques -- The Hundred Days -- De la Monarchie selon la Charte -- Reprisal -- Chapter 8: The Illusion of Fixity -- Untenable Affinities -- Bourbon Blood -- Vive la Charte, mais vive le Roi -- Endgame -- Inertia -- An Unlikely Conspiracy -- Defender of Fixity, Advocate of Change -- Chapter 9: Finale: Change and Freedom -- The Freedom of Political Change -- Changing Views of Literature -- Change in a Mind's Eye -- Vie de Rancé -- The Christian Essence of Freedom

The Circularity of Change -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Writings of Chateaubriand -- Other works -- Index

This reassessment of Chateaubriand's literary and political achievements, offered as an intellectual biography of the writer, is centred on the concept of change and Chateaubriand's emotional suspicion of change, arising both from mistrust of his own inconstancy and from the personal and collective suffering of the French Revolution. His aversion to change spread beyond politics to religion and literature, but conflicted with his intellectual fascination with historic change in all three areas. The paradox of his fluctuating attitude to change allows a challenge to traditional views of Chateaubriand's status. Was he truly a committed founder of French Romanticism? Was he an unswerving right-wing legitimist? Was he an insincere and 'aesthetic' Christian? The book provides new answers to these questions, presenting a very different Chateaubriand both through an analysis of his preference for the epic literature of Greece and Rome and its Christian heritage in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and by its account of his subtle pleading for constitutional monarchy. Malcolm Scott argues that the failure of Chateaubriand's political aspirations led him, again paradoxically, to the espousal of change and to a final dramatic reversal of his literary and religious standpoint, expressed in the writings of the last few years of his life.

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Malcolm Scott is an emeritus professor of the University of St Andrews, where he worked for many years as head of the French Department and School of Modern Languages, while also being an active researcher in the fields of French literature and politics. He was founder of the St Andrews Institute for European Identity Studies and a founder member of the Soci#65533;t#65533; des #65533;tudes Mauriaciennes. He was appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Acad#65533;miques in 1999. His previous writings include books on Mauriac, De Gaulle, Bernanos, the French Catholic novel and the French and American Revolutions.

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