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Romantic Intimacy$
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Nancy Yousef

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804786096

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804786096.001.0001

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Knowing Before Loving

Knowing Before Loving

Rousseau and the Ethics of Exposure

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(p.49) 2 Knowing Before Loving
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Romantic Intimacy
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Nancy Yousef

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804786096.003.0003

Chapter Two examines how Jean-Jacques Rousseau's romantic fiction and utopian social theory expose and seek to redress the epistemic contradictions of sentimentalism. Designed to ensure mutual transparency of thoughts and feelings, Rousseau's ideal communities effectively eliminate psychic interiority. This chapter traces the surprising ruptures and melodramatic breakdowns that beset these imagined communities from within, arguing that in these works we find an exhaustion of the effort to align knowledge of others with feeling for others.

Keywords:   Sentiment, feeling, marriage, community, transparency, privacy, trust, fidelity

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