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English fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism., Economics -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century., Satire, British -- History and criticism., Philosophy, Modern -- 18th century., Sentimentalism in literature., Rationalism in literature., Satire, English -- History and criticism., Criticism, interpretation, etc., and History.
The Age of Reasons reads Don Quixote as a parodic example of eighteenth-century "reason." Reason was supposed to be universally compelling, yet it was also thought to be empirically derived. Quixotic figures satirize these assumptions by appearing to be utterly insane, while reproducing the conditions of universal rationality: they staunchly believe that reason is universal, that it can be confirmed by experience, and that they themselves are rational. Joining imaginative literature, moral philosophy and the emerging discourse of the new science, she seeks to historicize the meaning of eighteenth-century "reason" and its supposed opposites, quixotism and sentimentalism. Reading novels by the Fieldings, Lennox and Sterne alongside the works of Adam Smith, Motooka argues that the legacy of sentimentalism is the social sciences. The Age of Reasons raises our understanding of eighteenth-century British culture and its relation to the "rational" culture of economics that is growing ever more pervasive today.
Miller, Nancy K., 1941- and Miller, Nancy K., 1941-
French fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism., French fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism., Women and literature -- France -- History -- 18th century., Man-woman relationships in literature., Sentimentalism in literature., Authorship -- Sex differences., Sex customs in literature., Libertines in literature., Seduction in literature., and Narration (Rhetoric)