1766: Une année de choix dans la production féminine

Olga Cragg

Abstract


This article studies the reception given to two novels
written in the 18th century, and uses the theory of reception of H. R. Jauss.
1766 is a choice year because it sees the publication of Mme Riccoboni's novel
Lettres d'Adélaïde de Dammartin, comtesse de Sancerre, à M. le Comte de Nancé,
son ami and Mme Benoit's Célianne. Specifically, I apply in detail the concept
of the reader's horizon of expectation in three journals of the period: L' année
littéraire, the Journal encyclopédique and the Journal des dames to contrast the
reception of Mme Riccoboni's novel with that of the reader of the 20th century.
The analysis of passages quoted from the novel in the reviews of the three
periodicals shows the masculine bias of two of them. Within this theoretical
framework I give reasons why the two novels merit our attention today in the
form of a critical edition and how the theory of reception can be a useful
framework in evaluating the cultural context of the time of
publication.

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ISSN: 1715-0698

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