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L’amusement dans Grigri de Cahusac

Abstract : Set with an objective that is at once aesthetic and moral, amusement enables Louis de Cahusac in Grigri to reconcile the magic with reflections on pleasure. In this parodic context, the paratextuality and comments that the narrator’s voice plays with, cannot but imply amusement. The names of the characters, suggestive of triviality and pettiness, make their contribution to this amusement. His moralising intentions become explicit when Cahusac mocks the absurdities of a court in which values are often reversed¤: his laughter targets fashionable characters, poets and story-tellers, in order to reveal the pervasive void and tedium. In their place he calls for natural feelings and an ethics of the happy mean. This morality is not incompatible with pleasure so long as it is not in search solely of sensual satisfaction¤; the test of impotence imposed on Grigri is a way of defining the contours of laughter and of undermining aggression. This tale, written to amuse, thus condemns excesses of laughter by being closer to Shaftesbury’s honesty and raillery than to the straightforwardly comic.
Mots-clés : Contes -- 18e siècle
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Françoise Gevrey. L’amusement dans Grigri de Cahusac. Fééries. Études sur le conte merveilleux XVIIe-XIXe siècle , UMR 5316 - Litt&Arts, 2008, Le rire des conteurs, pp.79-92. ⟨10.4000/feeries.681⟩. ⟨hal-02898831⟩



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