The Stelliferous Fold: Villiers de lʼIsle-Adam's <i>LʼEve Future</i>

Rodolphe Gasché

in The Stelliferous Fold

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234349
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241279 | DOI:
The Stelliferous Fold: Villiers de lʼIsle-Adam's LʼEve Future

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This chapter is devoted to the novel L'Eve Future by Villiers de l'Isle-Adam. It reexamines the evidence in support of Villiers's Hegelianism and reevaluates its importance as a means of understanding the author's work. Indeed, although Villiers may for some time have considered himself a disciple of Hegel, the critic's fetishization of that proper name turns it into a magic tool for decoding that may well miss the specificity of Villiers's literary enterprise. Failing to determine whether or not Villiers's references to Hegel are accurate, the critic runs the risk of being fooled by Villiers's self-styled Hegelian expertise. In short, the price paid for assuming that an epithet such as Hegelian characterizes the author's work may be nothing less than the application of Villiers's own caricature of Hegel's philosophy to a work that is not Hegelian at all.

Keywords: L'Eve Future; l'Isle-Adam; Hegelianism; disciple; Hegel's philosophy

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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