Agréables différends. L’esthétique galante de la querelle dans deux dialogues de Jean Chapelain et Jean-François Sarasin

Abstract : Is it legitimate to fight over literature ? In Les Sentiments de l’Académie sur le Cid, Jean Chapelain tries to define the requirements for a literary quarrel to be legitimate. According to him, the quarrel should be an “agréable différend” : a pleasant disagreement, leading to consensus. This paper will focus on two dialogues where Chapelain is present as one of the disputing characters : Chapelain’s La lecture des vieux romans and Sarasin’s S’il faut qu’un jeune homme soit amoureux. Both these texts tried to distinguish themselves from the rhetorical model of disputatio and at the same time from the values of humanist erudition and from the aesthetics of eloquent advocacy. They assimilate these values with a culture of conflict whose opposite, an aesthetics of pleasure and consensus, they claim to stand for. This rejection of conflict was however not so much utopian or idealistic as instrumental in what was actually a struggle for hegemony.
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Marine Roussillon. Agréables différends. L’esthétique galante de la querelle dans deux dialogues de Jean Chapelain et Jean-François Sarasin. Littératures classiques, SLC- Armand Colin, 2013, Le temps des querelles, pp.51-62. ⟨10.3917/licla.081.0051⟩. ⟨halshs-01487456⟩

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