Le Beau’s 1734 travelogue on Canada was a failure – but studying failures allows us to recognize contemporary aesthetic expectations. Two journals launched into a detailed criticism of the text and pondered on the possibility of a better travel writing practice. Each condemns Le Beau’s text from their own angle – the literary journal for its lack of interest, the Jesuit journal for scientific imprecision and for disparaging comments on Jesuits. The debate takes place in a key period for French public opinion, when the journalist is slowly becoming an independent actor on the intellectual scene – taking now part in aesthetic debates.
|Title of host publication||Écrire des récits de voyage (XVIe - XVIIIe siècles)|
|Subtitle of host publication||Esquisse d'une poétique en gestation|
|Editors||M. Pioffet , A. Matsch|
|Place of Publication||Québec|
|Publisher||Presses de l'Université Laval|
|Pages||149 - 158|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|