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Raconter ou peindre ? Les Amours de Psyché et de Cupidon de La Fontaine

Abstract : Les Amours de Psyché et de Cupidon by Jean de La Fontaine (1699) are a story within the story since the inner narrative (Psyché’s ancient loves, imitating those of Apulée) is introduced as told by four friends strolling in the first Versailles. It is a story emblematic of a clever and galant game of mirrors between narrations and descriptions of all sorts of “figurative fabrications” either, or sometimes both, real or fictitious. Those narrations and descriptions tend to suggest and illustrate a creative dialogue between prose and verse, nature and culture, ancient sources and modern taste to sing the values of diversity and grâce. Here, literature, architecture and graphic arts compete as subtle language of praise, pleasure and the art of love. But above all they allow the sensitive celebration of creative imagination that they embody.
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Claudine Nédelec. Raconter ou peindre ? Les Amours de Psyché et de Cupidon de La Fontaine. Textimage : revue d'étude du dialogue texte-image , Lyon : Textimage, 2011, L’image dans le récit, n°4. ⟨hal-03263372⟩



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