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Aux origines de la notion contemporaine de "littérature" : le lexique et et la configuration idéologique des grands secteurs du savoir profane en langue française de 1680 à 1760

Abstract : This dissertation sheds light on the elaboration of the concept at present carried by the french word litterature. It first studies those signs that are operative in the broad conceptual patterning of encyclopaedia carried out between 1680 and 1760, and casts new light on the birth and triumph of the name belles-lettres - substi- tuted for both bonnes lettres and lettres humaines - in the course of a lexico-semantic approach. It then shows the evolution of the french sign litterature, the denotation of which, by 1680, had gradually ebbed to "what an honnete homme of quality should know of wordly matters". The most frequent predicates associated, in the first half of the eighteenth century, with the signs belles-lettres, litterature and lettres in their new restricted acceptions, are next listed. The investigation substantiates and enhances the hedonistic outlook assumed by knowledge as denoted by those words, while showing how the eighteenth century pictures literature as antithetic in almost every respect to the sciences of computation and observation.
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Philippe Caron. Aux origines de la notion contemporaine de "littérature" : le lexique et et la configuration idéologique des grands secteurs du savoir profane en langue française de 1680 à 1760. Linguistique. Université Nancy 2, 1987. Français. ⟨NNT : 1987NAN21027⟩. ⟨tel-02322000⟩

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