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Contes Américains

By Jean-François de Saint-Lambert Edited by Roger Little

Contes Américains
Paperback, 88 pages £20.00
Published: 1997
ISBN: 9780859895446
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Subjects: European Literature, European Studies
Series: Exeter French Texts

These three tales, hailed by Diderot among others, but unpublished for over a century (and in one case for nearly two centuries), are a fictional exploration of Otherness and the intercultural set in the New World, either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.

Frontispice: "Titre-planche" du Traite de la couleur de la peau humaine de Claude-Nicolas Le Cat, Amsterdam, 1765


Portrait (anonyme) de Saint-Lambert


Carte de l'Amerique septentrionale, 1743


Les Deux Amis: conte iroquois

Chutes du Niagara, Hennepin, 1698, Davies, 1768

Poemes en prose

Un ecrivain genereux

Note technique

Bibliographie selective

Dessin de Pessin

Contes Americains; L'Abenkai


Les Deux Amis: Conte Iroquois


A Commentaire sur le frontispice

B Extraits des Incas de Marmontel

C Note de Saint-Lambert a un vers des Saisons

D Saint-Lambert, Reflexions sur... l'etat des Negres

E Extraits des Lettres iroquoises de Maubert de Gouvest

F Memoire (anonyme) sur les Iroquois

suivi d'extraits du journal de Bougainville

G Preceptes de Saint-Lambert sur l'amitie

'A worthwhile addition to this useful series.' (Modern Language Review, Issue 95 no. 2, 2000)

Roger Little is Profesor of French at Trinity College, Dublin.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 88 pages

BIC Code:
  FIC000000, FIC004000, LIT000000
 University of Exeter Press


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