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The je-ne-sais-quoi

Subtitle:
the word and its pre-history, 1580-1680
Abstract:

The purpose of this thesis is to analyse the je-ne-sais-quoi through its history and its pre-history. When we are moved by something we cannot identify, but whose effects we cannot fail to recognize, how should we try and come to terms with our experience? The je-ne-sais-quoi rises to prominence as a keyword in such discussions during the period studied. This thesis offers the first full-length study of the word and its significance to literary and philosophical writing o...

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Institution:
Queen's College (University of Oxford)
Department:
Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Literature
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Publication date:
2003
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Barcode:
602336466
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uuid:448f7fcf-a1c2-4c57-afd7-a5bc3a2becad
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English
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