Readership: Students and scholars of early modern French literature and thought; students and scholars of early modern drama; students and scholars of intellectual history, the history of the emotions and psychology.
Joseph Harris, Senior Lecturer in French, Royal Holloway, University of London
Joseph Harris is Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published widely on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature, particularly drama, and is the author of Hidden Agendas: Cross-Dressing in Seventeenth-Century France (Tübingen: 2005). His research interests include gender and sexuality; the prehistory of psychology; laughter; and dramatic spectatorship. He is editor of a volume of Nottingham French Studies entitled 'Identification Before Freud: French Perspectives'. He is currently
working on a project on death and murder in Corneille's theatre.
"this is a subtle, well-argued and scholarly account of early modern France's response to a highly complex set of questions that are still resonant today." - Julia Prest, The Times Literary Supplement
1: Subjectivity and the senses: from deceit to enthralment
2: D'Aubignac: the rationalist spectator
3: Corneille: the indulgent spectator
4: Narrative pleasures: from intellect to emotion
5: Dubos: the contemplative spectator
6: Between interest and identification
7: Rousseau: the alienated spectator
8: Beyond domesticity: Diderot and the drame
Epilogue: the decline of the spectator