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Classicisms: Varieties of an Aesthetic Experience

What is classicism? As an aesthetic ideal, the “classical” is often identified with timeless notions such as order, reason, and clarity. The wide variety of its incarnations across time and place, however, reveal a richly multifaceted and metamorphic concept.  The case of the French Classical Age of Louis XIV will open a comparative study placing in dialogue diverse historical periods, artistic media, and literary forms.

Larry F. Norman

Larry F. Norman is a specialist in seventeenth– and eighteenth–century French literature, theater, and intellectual history. Specifically his research focuses on how individual works paly with social norms and literary expectations.