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Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment Writer

Patrick Coleman


This book examines how major writers of the French Enlightenment discuss the social appropriateness of anger and gratitude in regulating social life. Defining the kinds of slight or favor that demand an angry or a grateful response became problematic in eighteenth-century France under the pressure of two contradictory developments which were both crucial to Enlightenment thinking about sociability. The first drew on the ideal of moral equality as it spread beyond the salons to the social world at large. Writers claimed for themselves an entitlement to anger at personal slight that had been hit ... More

Keywords: anger, emotions, Enlightenment, gratitude, sociability, Challe, Diderot, Marivaux, Rousseau

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199589340
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589340.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Coleman, author
Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of California, Los Angeles