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Le refuge huguenot dans "Le Vallon aérien" de Jean-Baptiste Mosneron de Launay

Françoise Sylvos 1 
1 CRLHOI - Centre de Recherches Littéraires et Historiques de l'Océan Indien
CCLC - Contacts de Cultures, de Littératures et de Civilisations
Abstract : Le Vallon aérien by Jean-Baptiste Mosneron de Launay (1738-1830) is an utopian story. Thanks to his hot-air balloon, an explorer arrives in a Huguenot refuge, established in the Pyrenees after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes and the subsequent persecutions. The happiness of this community is contrasted with the torments of history. Thus the author offers a view of Protestants quite different from that propounded by the philosophy underlying Romantic and counter-revolutionary history: he sees them as peaceful precursors of the Enlightenment. The borrowings he makes from Voltaire and his El Dorado reveals all that this Utopian refuge owes to Enlightenment philosophy. However, in representing this ideal place according to the aesthetic criteria of the sublime, Mosneron renews the codified formulation of Utopia.
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Françoise Sylvos. Le refuge huguenot dans "Le Vallon aérien" de Jean-Baptiste Mosneron de Launay. Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire du Protestantisme Français, 2007, 153 (1), pp.67-81. ⟨hal-02052138⟩



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