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Title: Observations critiques de M. le C. Gordon De Percel sur son livre De l'Usage des Romans
Subtitle: Un manuscrit inédit de Lenglet Dufresnoy (Partie 2)
Author(s): CORMIER, Jacques , HERMAN, Jan
Volume: 38 Issue: 2 Date: 2011
The unpublished manuscript by Lenglet Dufresnoy that we present in three sequential issues of Lias cannot be dissociated from a project of republishing De l’usage des romans, which ought to have comprised, not only the chapters that we have discovered, but also an edition of several important Treatises on the Novel from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Such discourses constitute the indirect discursive context of our manuscript, on whose composition their presentation might shed light. The most immediate context of composition of the manuscript is a quarrel about the novel that opposed Lenglet Dufresnoy to the Jesuit fathers between 1734 and 1736 and which led – according to a common hypothesis here discussed – to a true banishment of the novel by French authorities in 1737. After this examination of the direct and indirect context of composition, we shall present chapters 10 to 13 of the unpublished manuscript.