Figures of sympathy in eighteenth-century opera comique

  title={Figures of sympathy in eighteenth-century opera comique},
  author={Joan Leavens},
Eighteenth-century opéras comiques often turn around moments of sympathy— moral and affective bonds through which the Enlightenment imagined a natural basis for the social order as well as the pleasures and transformative potential of art. Through musico-literary analysis informed by models of moral and aesthetic relationality that I derive from Dubos, Marivaux, Rousseau and Diderot, I argue that opéras comiques written and performed between 1762 and the Revolution feature three distinct forms… Expand