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Rousseau, the Memory and the Forgetfulness. Towards Stendhal
Journal Title: PARADIGMI 
Author/s: Bartolo Anglani 
Year:  2016 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  14 Pg. 13-26 FullText PDF:  174 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PARA2016-002002
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The author analyses some passages from the first volume of the Confessions in order to derive useful hints in regard to the major theme of the memory and forgetfulness in Rousseau, classifying the Rousseauan experience halfway between the Lockean pattern of the memory as "warehouse" of ideas and Stendhal’s vision of a "tapestry" that has lost a few parts. What comes to light from the reading of the autobiographical passages is a peculiar use of the visuality, thanks to which Rousseau deceives the reader providing him the illusion of "seeing" the childhood scenes without having depicted them. The essay starts from the critical contributions by Starobinski and Orlando, of which it offers both a summary and a commentary.
Keywords: Childhood, Forgetfulness, Memory, Rousseau, Stendhal, Visuality

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Bartolo Anglani, Rousseau, the Memory and the Forgetfulness. Towards Stendhal in "PARADIGMI" 2/2016, pp. 13-26, DOI:10.3280/PARA2016-002002

   

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