Name: Ileana Mihăilă
Affiliation: University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of French Language and Literature
Citation Recommendation: Mihăilă, Ileana. ‟Lʼesthétique de lʼérotique : une grammaire des gestes dans un roman libertin des Lumières françaises”. Synthesis, no. XXXIX, 2012, pp. 27-34
Title: LʼESTHETIQUE DE L’ÉROTIQUE : UNE GRAMMAIRE DES GESTES DANS UN ROMAN LIBERTIN DES LUMIÈRES FRANÇAISES
The paper is focused on the grammar of the gestures in the erotic initiation of a young gentleman, as presented by one of the most interesting French authors of the Enlightenment libertine novel, Crébillon-fils. But in his Égarements du coeur et de lʼesprit nothing is but esthetic, neither the language, nor the plot. The art of seduction is completed both by words and gestures, but, most of the time, the language is deceiving and the gestures reveal the hidden truth.
Keywords: Crébillon fils; French libertine novel; art of seduction; Enlightenment; significant gestures.