Jacques the Fatalist

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was among the greatest writers of the Enlightenment, and in Jacques the Fatalist he brilliantly challenged the artificialities of conventional French fiction of his age.

Author: Denis Diderot

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141961224

Category: Fiction

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Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was among the greatest writers of the Enlightenment, and in Jacques the Fatalist he brilliantly challenged the artificialities of conventional French fiction of his age. Riding through France with his master, the servant Jacques appears to act as though he is truly free in a world of dizzying variety and unpredictability. Characters emerge and disappear as the pair travel across the country, and tales begin and are submerged by greater stories, to reveal a panoramic view of eighteenth-century society. But while Jacques seems to choose his own path, he remains convinced of one philosophical belief: that every decision he makes, however whimsical, is wholly predetermined. Playful, picaresque and comic, Diderot's novelis a compelling exploration of Enlightment philosophy. Brilliantly original in style, it is one of the greatest precursors to post-modern literature.
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Jacques the Fatalist and His Master

The major studies of Jacques le Fataliste are J. Robert Loy , Diderot's Determinist Fatalist ( New York , 1950 ) ... Mme de Merteuil , meme combat ' , Europe , 637 ( May 1982 ) , 200-3 ; Peter France , * Jacques or his Master ?

Author: Denis Diderot

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0192838741

Category: Fiction

Page: 258

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Jacques the Fatalist is a provocative exploration of the problems of human existence, destiny, and free will. In the introduction to this brilliant translation, David Coward explains the philosophical basis of Diderot's fascination with fate and examines the experimental and influential literary techniques that make Jacques the Fatalist a classic of the Enlightenment.
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Jacques and His Master

Jacques and His Master is a deliciously witty and entertaining play by Milan Kundera, the acclaimed Franco-Czech author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.

Author: Milan Kundera

Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics

ISBN: 0062219073

Category: Drama

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Jacques and His Master is a deliciously witty and entertaining "variation" on Diderot's novel Jacques le Fatalist, written for Milan Kundera's "private pleasure" in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia. When the "heavy Russian irrationality" fell on Czechoslovakia, Milan Kundera explains, he felt drawn to the spirit of the eighteenth century—"And it seemed to me that nowhere was it to be found more densely concentrated than in that banquet of intelligence, humor, and fantasy, Jacques le Fataliste." The upshot was this "Homage to Diderot," which has now been performed throughout the United States and Europe. Here, Jacques and His Master, newly translated by Simon Callow, is a text that will delight Kundera's admirers throughout the English-speaking world.
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The Novel

4 The Dialogic Pact Denis Diderot : Jacques the Fatalist and His Master 1 As the Age of Reason drew to a close in the turbulence of the French Revolution , the publication of Jacques the Fatalist and His in 1796 , almost a decade after ...

Author: André Brink

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 191971314X

Category: Fiction

Page: 373

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The postmodernist novel is renowned for the extremes of its narcissistic involvement with language, but in this book the author argues that this self-consciousness has been a characteristic of the novel since its earliest stirrings.
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Intertextual Loops in Modern Drama

4 Jacques and His Master : Kundera's Dialogue with Diderot Two HUNDRED YEARS AFTER DENIS DIDEROT WROTE HIS JACQUES THE Fatalist and His Master ( 1773 ) , the laughter and skepticism of his novel resound in Milan Kundera s Jacques and ...

Author: Christine Olga Kiebuzinska

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838638953

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 350

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Kiebuzinska, who teaches modern drama, comparative literature, and film at Virginia Tech, considers intertextuality in modern drama. In nine essays, she examines the connections between the works of modern playwrights such as Kundera, Jelinek, and Hampton and the texts of earlier writers such as Did
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Jacques the Fatalist by Denis Diderot Book Analysis

Unlock the more straightforward side of Jacques the Fatalist with this concise and insightful summary and analysis!

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Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 9782808010832

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Unlock the more straightforward side of Jacques the Fatalist with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Jacques the Fatalist by Denis Diderot, which follows the eponymous protagonist as he travels with his master towards an unknown destination. Along the way, they find themselves in a series of comical situations, meet a colourful cast of characters and debate a range of philosophical subjects. The work’s use of parody, unconventional structure and subversion of the norms of traditional fiction give it greater depth than most novels and permit its author to reflect in depth on philosophy, literature and freedom. Denis Diderot was a leading writer of the Enlightenment in the 18th century, and wrote novels, plays, philosophical dialogues and essays. Find out everything you need to know about Jacques the Fatalist in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!
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Violence Slavery and Freedom between Hegel and Fanon

For the unfolding antagonistic dialogical interchange between the valet (the judging consciousness) and the acting consciousness in Hegel's chapter VI C.c, Diderot's Jacques the Fatalist and His Master (written between 1765 and 1780, ...

Author: Ulrike Kistner

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781776146253

Category: Philosophy


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A deep dive into the influences of Hegelian thought on the work of revolutionary and postcolonial theorist Frantz Fanon Hegel is most often mentioned – and not without good reason – as one of the paradigmatic exponents of Eurocentrism and racism in Western philosophy. But his thought also played a crucial and formative role in the work of one of the iconic thinkers of the ‘decolonial turn’, Frantz Fanon. This would be inexplicable if it were not for the much-quoted ‘lord-bondsman’ dialectic – frequently referred to as the ‘master-slave dialectic’ – described in Hegel's The Phenomenology of Spirit. Fanon takes up this dialectic negatively in contexts of violence-riven (post-)slavery and colonialism; yet in works such as Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth he upholds a Hegelian-inspired vision of freedom. The essays in this collection offer close readings of Hegel’s text, and of responses to it in the work of twentieth-century philosophers, that highlight the entangled history of the translations, transpositions and transformations of Hegel in the work of Fanon, and more generally in colonial, postcolonial and decolonial contexts.
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Weaving New Perspectives Together

22 Denis Diderot, Jacques le Fataliste et son maître (Paris: Flammarion, 1997 [1796]). For its English translation, see Denis Diderot, Jacques the Fatalist and his Master, transl.

Author: María Alonso Alonso

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443839419

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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The present volume seeks to offer a novel and interdisciplinary overview of the question of literary interpretation and the numerous perspectives current in the field today. Written by early-career researchers and enriched with the important contributions of three senior lecturers, the articles contained in this compilation are devised to work as a multi-faceted whole that may at the same time give inspiration to students and constitute a guide to more experienced scholars. Acting as an integrating entity that agglutinates works from scholars across Europe, the editors consider this book to be a clear example of the dynamism of present-day literary studies and of the numerous ways in which literature can speak to people. Following Margaret Atwood’s statement, “The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose”, this volume may be said to possess the potential to provide as many answers as it poses new questions which will stimulate future research in the field.
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Partial Magic

Diderot , Correspondance One could hardly conceive a more explicit illustration of the notion that books are made up out of other books than Diderot's ostentatious use of Sterne in Jacques the Fatalist and His Master .

Author: Robert Alter

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520037324

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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The Cambridge Introduction to French Literature

('Diderot's Jacques: This Is and Is Not a Story', pp. 57–83.) Bremner, Geoffrey, Diderot: 'Jacques le Fataliste' (London: Grant & Cutler, 1985). ... ('The Dialogic Pact – Denis Diderot: Jacques the Fatalist and His Master', pp. 86–103.) ...

Author: Brian Nelson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521887083

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 318

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An engaging, highly accessible and informative introduction to French literature from the Middle Ages to the present.
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New Essays on Diderot

story, when Jacques is attaching a garter, 'Quand on est arrivé au genou, il y a peu de chemin à faire. ... conversation of Jacques the Fatalist and his master predates this work and the good minister Sterne himself is the plagiarist.

Author: James Fowler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139500555

Category: Literary Criticism


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The great eighteenth-century French thinker Denis Diderot (1713–84) once compared himself to a weathervane, by which he meant that his mind was in constant motion. In an extraordinarily diverse career he produced novels, plays, art criticism, works of philosophy and poetics, and also reflected on music and opera. Perhaps most famously, he ensured the publication of the Encyclopédie, which has often been credited with hastening the onset of the French Revolution. Known as one of the three greatest philosophes of the Enlightenment, Diderot rejected the Christian ideas in which he had been raised. Instead, he became an atheist and a determinist. His radical questioning of received ideas and established religion led to a brief imprisonment, and for that reason, no doubt, some of his subsequent works were written for posterity. This collection of essays celebrates the life and work of this extraordinary figure as we approach the tercentenary of his birth.
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The Compass of Irony

But reader, what has this to do with the journey of Jacques the fatalist and his master? ... The story of the poet of Pondicherry.25 The reader wins, and die story is told. When Jacques goes to look for his master's watch, ...

Author: D. C. Muecke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000291285

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 290

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First published in 1969, The Compass of Irony is a detailed study of the nature, qualities, classifications, and significance of irony. Divided into two parts, the book offers first a general account of the formal qualities of irony and a classification of the more familiar kinds. It then explores newer forms of irony, its functions, topics, and cultural significance. A wide variety of examples are drawn from a range of different authors, such as Musil, Diderot, Schlegel, and Thomas Mann. The final chapter considers the detachment and seeming superiority of the ironist and discusses what this means for the morality of irony. The Compass of Irony will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of irony as both a literary and a cultural phenomenon.
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The Facts on File Companion to the French Novel

FATALIST. AND. HIS. MASTER. (JACQUES. LE. FATALISTE). DENIS DIDEROT (1778) With Jack the Fatalist, DIDEROT introduces a new kind of realism in fiction. Drawing from the philosophical ideas of the 17th century English philosopher John ...

Author: Karen L. Taylor

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780816074990

Category: Electronic books

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French novels such as "Madame Bovary" and "The Stranger" are staples of high school and college literature courses. This work provides coverage of the French novel since its origins in the 16th century, with an emphasis on novels most commonly studied in high school and college courses in world literature and in French culture and civilization.
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Encyclopedia of Life Writing

... Jacques le fataliste et son maître (dialogue novel), 1796; edited by Simone Lecointre and Jean Le Galliot, 1976; as Jacques the Fataliste, edited by Martin Hall and translated by M. Henry, 1986; as James the Fatalist and His Master, ...

Author: Margaretta Jolly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136787447

Category: Literary Criticism

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This is the first substantial reference work in English on the various forms that constitute "life writing." As this term suggests, the Encyclopedia explores not only autobiography and biography proper, but also letters, diaries, memoirs, family histories, case histories, and other ways in which individual lives have been recorded and structured. It includes entries on genres and subgenres, national and regional traditions from around the world, and important auto-biographical writers, as well as articles on related areas such as oral history, anthropology, testimonies, and the representation of life stories in non-verbal art forms.
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Historical Dictionary of French Literature

JACQUES LE FATALISTE ET SON MATTRE. As in Ceci n'est pas un conte, Denis Diderot offers a direct (and very modern) challenge to the reader in Jacques le fataliste (1796; Jacques the Fatalist and His Master, 1999), querying the status of ...

Author: John Flower

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810879454

Category: Literary Criticism

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Almost all of us know French literature, even if we don’t know French, because it is probably the second largest and certainly the most translated into English. And, even if we don’t read, we would have seen film and television versions (think Count of Monte-Cristo) and even a musical rendition (Les Mis). So this is a particularly interesting volume in the literature series, since it covers French literature from the earliest times to the present. It is also a particularly rich literature, espousing ever genre from poetry, to novel, to biography, to drama, and adopting every style, including realism and surrealism, and expressing the views of all classes and political stands, with recently strong feminist and gay strains. Obviously, the core dictionary section includes among its panoply of often substantial and detailed entries, hundreds of authors, dozens of significant works, the various styles mentioned above and many others, events that have impacted literature such as the Dreyfus Affair and the Algerian War, and literary prizes. The chronology manages to cover about 1,200 years of literary output. And the introduction sets it all out neatly from one historical and literary period to the next. The bibliography, broken down by period and author, directs us to further reading in both French and English.
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Jacques the Fatalist “How had they met? By chance like everybody else.” 26 The opening words of Diderot's Jacques the Fatalist and His Master (written from the 1760s to the 1780s and published posthumously in 1796) announce its theme of ...

Author: Ross Hamilton

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226817590

Category: Philosophy

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An accidental glance at a newspaper notice causes Rousseau to collapse under the force of a vision. A car accidentally hits Giacometti, and he experiences an epiphany. Darwin introduces accident to the basic process of life, and Freud looks to accident as the expression of unconscious desire. Accident, Ross Hamilton claims, is the force that makes us modern. Tracing the story of accident from Aristotle to Buster Keaton and beyond, Hamilton’s daring book revives the tradition of the grand history of ideas. Accident tells an original history of Western thought from the perspective of Aristotle’s remarkably durable categories of accident and substance. Throughout antiquity and the Middle Ages, Aristotle’s distinction underwrote an insistence on order and subordination of the inessential. In a groundbreaking innovation, Hamilton argues that after the Reformation, the concept of accident began to change places with that of substance: accident became a life-transforming event and effectively a person’s essence. For moderns, it is the accidental, seemingly trivial moments of consciousness that, like Wordsworth’s “spots of time,” create constellations of meaning in our lives. Touching on a broad array of images and texts—Augustine, Dante, the frescoes of Raphael, Descartes, Jane Austen, the work of the surrealists, and twentieth-century cinema—Hamilton provides a new way to map the mutations of personal identity and subjectivity.
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Early Modern Skepticism and the Origins of Toleration

In the brilliantly invertebrate Jacques the Fatalist and his Master ( which is in some sense " parallel " to Candide , and probably inspired by it ) , Diderot has Jacques perform a notable act of charity -- giving the last of his money ...

Author: Alan Levine

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739100246

Category: History

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This collection of original essays by the nation's leading political theorists examines the origins of modernity, and considers the question of tolerance as a product of early modern religious skepticism. Rather than approaching the problem with a purely historical lens, the authors actively demonstrate the significance of these issues to contemporary debates in political philosophy and public policy. The contributors to Early Modern Skepticism raise and address questions of the utmost significance: Is religious faith necessary for ethical behavior? Is skepticism a fruitful ground from which to argue for toleration? This book will be of interest to historians, philosophers, religious scholars, and political theorists -- anyone concerned about the tensions between private beliefs and public behavior.
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