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Divining Nature: Aesthetics of Enchantment in Enlightenment France

Tili Boon Cuillé


The Enlightenment remains widely associated with the rise of scientific progress and the loss of religious faith, a dual tendency that is thought to have contributed to the disenchantment of the world. In her wide-ranging and richly illustrated book, Tili Boon Cuillé questions the accuracy of this narrative by investigating the fate of the marvelous in the age of reason. Exploring the affinities between the natural sciences and the fine arts, Cuillé examines the representation of natural phenomena—whether harmonious or discordant—in natural history, painting, opera, and the novel from Buffon ... More

Keywords: Spectacle of Nature, Marvelous, Wonder, Enthusiasm, Melancholy, Imagination, Memory, Opera, Illusion, Sublime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781503613362
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503613362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tili Boon Cuillé, author
Washington University