Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Transparency and Obstruction

Jean Starobinski

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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Jean Starobinski

Translated by Arthur Goldhammer
460 pages | © 1988
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226771267 Published February 1988
Jean Starobinski, one of Europe's foremost literary critics, examines the life that led Rousseau, who so passionately sought open, transparent communication with others, to accept and even foster obstacles that permitted him to withdraw into himself. First published in France in 1958, Jean-Jacques Rousseau remains Starobinski's most important achievement and, arguably, the most comprehensive book ever written on Rousseau. The text has been extensively revised for this edition and is published here along with seven essays on Rousseau that appeared between 1962 and 1970.
Contents
Translator's Note
Preface

Introduction
Jean Starobinski and Otherness
by Robert J. Morrissey
 
Transparency and Obstruction
 
1. The Discourse on the Science and the Arts
"Appearances Condemned Me"
Divided Time and the Myth of Transparency
Historical Knowledge and Poetic Vision
The God Glaucus
A Theodicy That Exculpates God and Man
 
2. Critique of Society
The Primordial Innocence
Work, Reflection, Pride
Synthesis through Revolution
Synthesis through Education
 
3. Solitude
"Let Us Settle My Opinions Once and For All"
But Is Unity Natural?
Inner Conflict
Magic
 
4. The Veiled Statue
Christ
Galatea
Theory of Unveiling
 
5. La nouvelle Héloïse
Music and Transparency
Elegiac Feeling
The Feast
Equality
Economy
Apotheosis
The Death of Julie
 
6. Misunderstandings
The Return
"Unable to Utter a Single Word"
The Power of Signs
Amorous Communication
Exhibitionism
The Tutor
 
7. The Problems of Autobiography
How to Describe Oneself?
To Tell All
 
8. Guilty Reflection
Obstacles
Silence
Inaction
Friendships among the Plants
 
9. Imprisoned for Life
Archived Intentions
The Two Tribunals
 
10. The Transparency of Crystal
Judgments
"Alone on Earth"
 
Essays on Rousseau
Rousseau and the Search for Origins
The Discourse on Inequality
Rousseau and the Origin of Languages
Rousseau and Buffon
Fiction and Boundaries
Reverie and Transmutation
On Rousseau's Illness
 
Notes
Index



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