This article looks at two writers of the French eighteenth century, the naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon and the poet Jacques Delille, whose innovative practices of description call into question our modern opposition between literature and science and raise the issue of how literature might be transformed through attention to nonhuman views of nature.
Description and the Nonhuman View of Nature
Joanna Stalnaker teaches in the French Department at Columbia University. She is the author of The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia (Cornell, 2010) and is currently working on a book about the last works of the French philosophes at the end of the Enlightenment.
Joanna Stalnaker; Description and the Nonhuman View of Nature. Representations 1 August 2016; 135 (1): 72–88. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2016.135.1.72
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