Le Beau et le vrai: L'esthétique du livre de voyage vue par les comptes rendus

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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.
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationÉcrire des récits de voyage (XVIe - XVIIIe siècles)
Subtitle of host publicationEsquisse d'une poétique en gestation
EditorsM. Pioffet , A. Matsch
Place of PublicationQuébec
PublisherPresses de l'Université Laval
Pages149 - 158
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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