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Title: Sui mezzi e i modi per trasformare un modello in uno stereotipo, ovvero sull'aforistica francese del XVII e XVIII secolo
Authors: Biason, Maria Teresa
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: Through his work on the Maximes La Rochefoucauld can be considered the founder of the modern aphorism. His maxims have substituted the word of authority with the authority of the word and have shown that the constituent element of the maxim is an inseparable unit of two purposes: aesthetic and ideoligical. Although La Rochefoucauld's lesson is quite clear, it has been variously interpreted. Some great aphorists, like La Bruyère and Chamfort, transformed the model - sometimes almost beyond recognition - whilst respecting its essential purpose. However, favoured by the cultural context, imitators have reduced the model to a mere stereotype whitout however using this trivialization for purpose of parody. If in France such a stereotype has contributed anyway towards creating an <<aphoristic conscience>> resulting in the continuous production of this type of discourse and careful attention towards it, in other countries the same phenomenon has given rise to a distorted view of the French aphorism.
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