1st Edition

Frameworks of Time in Rousseau

Edited By Jason Neidleman, Masano Yamashita Copyright 2024
    224 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Frameworks of Time in Rousseau explores the ways in which Jean-Jacques Rousseau envisaged time as a diagnostic tool for understanding the state of society and the predicaments of modernity. Central to his conceptualization of both nature and history, time also plays a unique role in Rousseau’s literary and aesthetic explorations of selfhood and affect.

    This book brings into dialogue specialists from education, political theory, literature, and cultural studies with the aim of underscoring Rousseau’s contributions to themes that preoccupy us today such as the appreciation of slow time, the uncounted time of women’s lives, and temporal challenges related to politics and the economy.

    Jason Neidleman and Masano Yamashita

    1. Rewinding the sentiment
    Fayçal Falaky

    2. Forgetting Time
    Pierre Saint-Amand

    3. Sophie's time off the clock
    Amy Shuffelton

    4. Spectral Memory and “hauntology” in Julie ou La Nouvelle Héloïse
    Christophe Martin

    5. Nostalgia and Virtue in Rousseau’s Julie
    Martin McCallum

    6. The problems of political time and the solutions of ancient history in Rousseau
    Flora Champy

    7. Political Right, Political Economy, and the Economic Cycle in Rousseau, Quesnay, and Condillac
    Andrew Billing

    8. What Time Is It in Rousseau’s Polity?
    Mira Morgenstern

    9. The Time of Growth 
    Christophe Litwin


    Masano Yamashita is Associate Professor of French at the University of Colorado Boulder. She specializes in the literature and social thought of the eighteenth century. She is the author of Jean-Jacques Rousseau face au public: problèmes d’identité (2017) and of numerous articles on French writers of the Enlightenment.

    Jason Neidleman is Professor of Political Science at the University of La Verne, where he teaches political theory and other subjects in politics, philosophy, history, and law. He is author of The General Will is Citizenship: Inquiries into French Political Thought (2001) and Rousseau’s Ethics of Truth: A Sublime Science of Simple Souls (Routledge, 2017).