Contes Américains

Jean-François de Saint-Lambert

Contes Américains
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Jean-François de Saint-Lambert

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88 pages | 6 illustrations | 8-1/5 x 5-9/10 | © 1997
Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9780859895446 Published August 1997 For sale in North and South America only
These three tales, hailed by Diderot among others, but unpublished for over a century (and in one case for nearly two centuries), are a fictional exploration of Otherness and the intercultural set in the New World, either among native Americans (Abenakis, Iroquois) or runaway slaves in Jamaica befriended by Quakers.  They argue powerfully for a reassessment of the philosophe Saint-Lambert, since they represent a significant contribution to the anti-slavery debate of the time and to a consideration of cultural relativity, revitalised by recent postcolonial discourses.
This title is Volume 99 in the series Exeter French Texts/Textes littéraires.  It includes an introduction, select bibliography and essential notes, all in French.
French Studies
“Saint-Lambert’s stories, while not distinguished by any exceptional literary merits, none the less have their place in intellectual and cultural history and were well worth re-editing.  Little is to be commended on making them easily accessible again in this splendid edition.” –French Studies, LIV.1, 2000
Modern Language Review
“A worthwhile addition to this useful series.” –Modern Language Review, 95.2, 2000
Frontispice: "Titre-planche" du Traité de la couleur de la peau humaine de Claude-Nicolas Le Cat, Amsterdam, 1765

Portrait (anonyme) de Saint-Lambert
Carte de l'Amérique septentrionale, 1743
Les Deux Amis: conte iroquois
Chutes du Niagara, Hennepin, 1698, Davies, 1768
Poèmes en prose
Un écrivain généreux
Note technique
Bibliographie sélective
Dessin de Pessin

Contes Américains
   Les Deux Amis: Conte Iroquois

A  Commentaire sur le frontispice
B  Extraits des Inca de Marmontel
C  Note de Saint-Lambert à un vers des Saisons
D  Saint-Lambert, Réflexions sur... l'état des Nègres
E  Extraits des Lettres iroquoises de Maubert de Gouvest
F  Mémoire (anonyme) sur les Iroquois suivi d'extraits du journal de Bougainville
G  Précepts de Saint-Lambert sur l'amitié
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