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Hunting and inference: The cynegetic paradigm in Early Modern French Literature

Abstract : In his pioneering study (1978) Carlo Ginzburg launched his famous “evidential paradigm” (“paradigma indiziario”), based on several semiotic models: cynegetic (the hunter), artistic (Morelli), psychoanalytic (Freud), and judiciary (Sherlock Holmes). His research is mainly focused on the fuzzy boarder between fact and fiction, an on the controversial methods of historiography. Historians rely on sources, the traces from which they are hunting the truth. While doing so, they use the empirical model of the hunter interpreting the spoors of the animal, but they practise also the arts of discourse (logic, rhetoric, and poetics) that provide the technical vocabulary and ways of reasoning, while literature displays vivid and pleasant scenarii of recognitions, abductions, serendipities. However, their fundamentum relies heavily, in the Early Modern times as well as nowadays, on the ancient medical sign-and-symptom paradigm, including gesture, natural or preternatural. The confrontation between the activity of the hunter, interpreting the spoors of the stag, the art historian interpreting the characteristic brushing of the painter, and the historian of literature, interpreting the ductus of the writer, will lead to some considerations on the hermeneutics of natural marks of movement.
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Marie-Luce Demonet. Hunting and inference: The cynegetic paradigm in Early Modern French Literature. Hunting without Weapons or Animals. The Power of the Ars venationis, Nov 2015, Hamburg, Germany. p.73-85. ⟨halshs-01305832⟩



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