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Diderot: De L'Auteur à L'Écrivain

Réflexions en marge de l' Essai sur les règnes de Claude et de Néron

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At the end of his life, Diderot writes: »I do not compose, I am not an author«. In d'Alembert's article (»Ecrivain, Auteur« of the Encyclopédie), the terms author and writer are closely related, the author being more preoccupied by the originality of his thought, than the writer, who is more interested in the perfection of his style. A survey of the context of these terms in Diderot's work confirms that Diderot shares generally d'Alembert's opinion. As testifies particularly the Essai on Claude and Neron, the lack of originality that he found in his own writings can explain Diderot's disabused opinion on himself, and his technique of writing: his marginalia on the books he comments (the Nakaz, Helvetius' Refutation...), his contributions to Raynal's History of the two Indias.
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Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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  • Romanische Forschungen is one of the oldest German academic journals dedicated to the study of the Romance languages, their literatures, and cultures from all periods. Its editors and editorial board emphasize the interrelatedness of linguistics and literary studies and encourage the submission of articles and reviews with a focus on the Romance world as a whole. Romanische Forschungen publishes in all the major Romance languages, German and English.

    Die Romanischen Forschungen sind eine der ältesten deutschen Fachzeitschriften. Ihr Gegenstand sind die romanischen Sprachen, Literaturen und Kulturen von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgeber und Beirat pflegen die Verbindung von Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft und bevorzugen Beiträge und Rezensionen mit einer gesamtromanischen Fragestellung. Die Publikationssprachen sind außer allen romanischen Sprachen das Deutsche und Englische.
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