Libertine Fiction (12744 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Nuit de Baudouin
Pierre-Antoine Baudouin, Les Heures du jour: La nuit, *ca*. 1778, gouache on paper, pasted onto board, 25.9 x 20 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

A little painting from the end of the Old Regime perfectly captures the essence of libertine literature. In Pierre-Antoine Baudouin’s La Nuit [The Night] (ca. 1778) as in the masterpieces of eighteenth-century French erotic fiction such as Crébillon’s Les Egarements du cœur et de l’esprit [The Wayward Heart and Mind] (1735-1738),…

Citation: Ganofsky, Marine. "Libertine Fiction". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 September 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19554, accessed 29 February 2020.]

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