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Voluptuous Philosophy


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Natania Meeker is an associate professor of French and comparative literature at the University of Southern California. She published Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment with Fordham University Press in 2006. Her research and teaching interests include animated and animating plants, vegetal ontologies, plant art and media, materialisms old and new, feminist theory and thought, and the Enlightenment, broadly conceived. She was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques in 2017.


In her perceptive and theoretically sophisticated study of eighteenth-century French varieties of materialism, Natania Meeker explores the place of figural language and poetic representation in Enlightenment debates about matter and bodies.----Mary Terrall, University of California, Los Angeles
A compelling and brilliant addition to the hermeneutics of Enlightenment philosophy.----Mitchell Greenburg, Cornell University
Meeker's reading of a number of key texts, the productive Lucretian interconnections of figure, pleasure, will and substance present us with a new landscape which can and should change our understanding of how the Enlightenment project developed. Meeker's own beguiling style almost disguises the subtlety and difficulty of the concepts she puts into play and the nuances she teases from the material.----Philip Stewart, Duke University
Examines the relationship between literature and the act of reading and the emergence of French materialist philosophy in the 18th Century. * -The Chronicle of Higher Eduction *
...an intriguing and theoretically sophisticated study of materialist thought in the French Enlightenment. * -Eighteenth-Century Life *

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