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'Mensonge': The Rejection of Enlightenment in the Unreliable Souvenirs of Charles Nodier
Gibson, M.I.
2016-05-01
Source PublicationGothic Studies
ISSN1362-7937
Pages34-56
Abstract

Charles Nodier (1780–1844), librarian, occultist, entomologist and pioneer of the Fantastic in France was also a consummate liar in his many biographical ‘souvenirs’, a fact which led Bryan Rogers to understand him as attempting to find consolation in a “superior truth” in his memoirs to that of his own lived experience, while Hélène Lowe-Dupas has remarked more on his use of the lanuage of theatre in these memoirs in order, amongst other things, to render experience less chaotic. By detailing the nature of his lies in two ‘souvenirs’ ‘Les Prisons de Paris sous le Consulat’ (1826) and ‘Suites d’un mandat d’arrêt’ (1834), the current article seeks to locate the falsehoods as being more firmly rooted in his symbiotic rationale for Fantastic fiction, and demonstrate how his lies have a more scientific justification, helping him to extend historical truth before it is shown to be demonstrable.

KeywordFrench Revolution Fantastic Napoleon Guillotine Enlightenment
Language英語English
The Source to ArticlePB_Publication
Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
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Gibson, M.I.. 'Mensonge': The Rejection of Enlightenment in the Unreliable Souvenirs of Charles Nodier[J]. Gothic Studies,2016:34-56.
APA Gibson, M.I..(2016).'Mensonge': The Rejection of Enlightenment in the Unreliable Souvenirs of Charles Nodier.Gothic Studies,34-56.
MLA Gibson, M.I.."'Mensonge': The Rejection of Enlightenment in the Unreliable Souvenirs of Charles Nodier".Gothic Studies (2016):34-56.
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