Casanova in the Enlightenment: From the Margins to the Centre

Edited by Malina Stefanovska

© 2020

Illuminating the legend that Giacomo Casanova singlehandedly created in his famous – and at times infamous – autobiography, The History of My Life, this book provides a timely reassessment of Casanova’s role and importance as an author of the European Enlightenment. From the margins of libertine authorship where he has been traditionally relegated, the various essays in this collection reposition Casanova at the heart of Enlightenment debates on medicine, sociability, gender, and writing.

Based on new scholarship, this reappraisal of a key Enlightenment figure explores the period’s fascination with ethnography, its scientific societies, and its understanding of gender, medicine, and women. Casanova is here finally granted his rightful place in cultural and literary history, a place which explains his enduring yet controversial reputation as a figure of seduction and adventure.

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  • Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
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  • Page Count: 186 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.9in x 9.1in
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This book interrogates the enduring and controversial legend of Casanova, from a seducer of women to a man of science and key participant in the Enlightenment.

Casanova in the Enlightenment: From the Margins to the Centre

Edited by Malina Stefanovska

© 2020

Illuminating the legend that Giacomo Casanova singlehandedly created in his famous – and at times infamous – autobiography, The History of My Life, this book provides a timely reassessment of Casanova’s role and importance as an author of the European Enlightenment. From the margins of libertine authorship where he has been traditionally relegated, the various essays in this collection reposition Casanova at the heart of Enlightenment debates on medicine, sociability, gender, and writing.

Based on new scholarship, this reappraisal of a key Enlightenment figure explores the period’s fascination with ethnography, its scientific societies, and its understanding of gender, medicine, and women. Casanova is here finally granted his rightful place in cultural and literary history, a place which explains his enduring yet controversial reputation as a figure of seduction and adventure.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 186 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.9in x 9.1in
  • Reviews

    "Casanova in the Enlightenment is a valuable and timely contribution to research on eighteenth-century history and literature – particularly subfields like autobiography and the study of libertinage as a lifestyle, a philosophy, and a literary genre. It will also expand the readership of a figure who, as the volume's subtitle suggests, has been unjustly marginalized in scholarly discussions of what the ‘Enlightenment’ was or signified."


    Anne Vila, Department of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    “Casanova is known as a seducer of women, but he was, as Stefanovska's volume reveals, much, much more. A Freemason, a letter writer, a man of science and medicine, an indefatigable social networker, and a Parisian for long periods, Casanova embodied different aspects of eighteenth-century life. Casanova in the Enlightenment updates our view of the peripatetic Venetian and should be required reading for historians, literary specialists, interdisciplinary scholars, and anyone who enjoys and seeks to understand the eighteenth century.”
    Kathryn Norberg, Departments of History and Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

    “An insightful analysis of Casanova’s sinuous itinerary between male and female identity, mirth and melancholy, solitude and sociabilities, Paris and the world, this volume encourages a re-evaluation of the stereotypes and myths attached to the figure of the famed Venetian and invites readers on a journey through time, at the heart of the eighteenth century and in its contemporary margins. As Casanova writes in his utopian novel Icosameron: ‘Time is a walk of imagination.’”
    Marie-Paule Pilorge, Department of French, Université de Tours
  • Author Information

    Malina Stefanovska is a Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    Part I : Libertine Traces

    1. ‘Triompher par la force’: Sexual Violence and Its Representation in Casanova’s Histoire de ma vie
    Raphaëlle Brin, Université Paris-Sorbonne

    2. Casanova’s Dialogue with His Ladies from Autobiography to Correspondence
    Bruno Capaci, University of Bologna

    3. Casanova and the Undifferentiated Body
    Mladen Kozul, University of Montana

    Part II: Emerging Sociabilities

    4. Negotiating Sociabilities in Casanova’s Histoire de ma vie
    Clorinda Donato, California State University, Long Beach

    5. Casanova: Mercury/Mercurio
    Malina Stefanovska, UCLA

    6. Casanova, The Love of Paris
    Pierre Saint-Amand, Yale University

    7. Paris in Three Movements
    Chantal Thomas, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris

    Part III: Representational Shifts and Legacies

    8. Rewriting, Revolution, Melancholy: The Two Versions of the First Stay in Paris
    Jean-Christophe Igalens, Université Paris-Sorbonne

    9. Casanova: From Man to Myth
    Michel Delon, Université Paris-Sorbonne

    10. Fellini’s Casanova: The Story of a Man Who Was Never Born
    Christopher B. White, independent scholar

    Contributors

    Index

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