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La « morale expérimentale » du conte : l’exemple des Contes sages et fous d’Angélique Desjardins (1787)

Abstract : This article analyses the relations between the marvellous and the moral lesson in a representative collection of the end of the 18th century: Contes sages et fous [literally, Wise and Mad Tales] by Angélique Desjardins (1787). These tales use allegories and they represent moral values related to virtue. The first tales, written for a mundane society, study mostly manners. In these tales, the marvellous enjoys an untamed freedom. Influenced by Mrs de Genlis, her later tales “Les Génies instituteurs” [The Ingenious Primary School Teachers] constitute a real educational project aimed at an “experimental moral”. This process goes through an infantilisation of the tale. But whatever her common points with Genlis’s Adèle et Théodore, Angélique Desjardins’s moral lessons remain inspired by the society in which she lived, and by the Enlightenment.
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Françoise Gevrey. La « morale expérimentale » du conte : l’exemple des Contes sages et fous d’Angélique Desjardins (1787). Fééries. Études sur le conte merveilleux XVIIe-XIXe siècle , UMR 5316 - Litt&Arts, 2016, Contes et morale(s), 13, http://journals.openedition.org/feeries/1011. ⟨10.4000/feeries.1011⟩. ⟨hal-02897435⟩

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