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La Fortune des "Aventures de Télémaque", de Fénelon, en Grande-Bretagne au dix-huitième siècle

Abstract : Archbishop Fenelon's adventures of Telemachus have passed through more than eight hundred editions and translations. The anglo-saxon fortune of the book is the biggest after the french one. The thesis, composed of three separate volumes - the study itself, a collection of accompanying monographs and documents, and a biblio- graphical catalogue - begins with an examination of Fenelon's reputation in great-britain before the Telemachus, based mainly on his treatise of the education of daughters and on the strong european impact of the controversy concerning french quietism : the persons and the dates associated until now with this first emergence are refuted and new data are proposed. The publication of the english telemachus and its reception are then considered, as well as the reasons that explained the character of the initial appraisal. Of particular interest is the broad pedagogical value of the book, which could play a significant part in the moral, prac- tical and intellectual education of young men belonging to the upper and middle classes of society. Attention is then paid to a selection of five english translations, first with a description of their gene- ral circumstances, and secondly with an exhaustive juxtalinear com- parison of the texts. The authenticity of the version attributed to Tobias Smollett is refuted. Methodological principles connected with the comparison of translations and allied computer techniques are also discussed. There follows a survey of the eleven complete second- ary translations and of the ten incomplete ones, in prose or in verse. Finally, literary and stage references to the fortune of Telemachus and to the reputation of its author are further dealt with, for the period beginning after the first reception and continuing into the twentieth century.
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Alain Lautel. La Fortune des "Aventures de Télémaque", de Fénelon, en Grande-Bretagne au dix-huitième siècle. Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 1987. Français. ⟨NNT : 1987NAN21007⟩. ⟨tel-02318921⟩



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