Structures of perception in Jean Potocki’s Voyage dans l’Empire de Maroc

Isabella Mattazzi


Analyzing a given literary period and comparing it to another poses us much more than a question at a critical level. Working on eighteenth century texts means not only individuating points of affinity with our contemporary period, but also substantially questioning the sense of “otherness” inherent to each period that has past. Working from this notion and referring to Jean Potocki’s Voyage dans l’Empire de Maroc, this paper focuses on the perceptive modalities of a century, that is to say the “modes of seeing” through which the eighteenth century vision “perceived and thought” the world, thereby penetrating a complex thematic canvas, which is of key importance to the analysis of modern European identity and its infinite contradictions.


Perception; Travel; Otherness; Eighteenth-century Literature

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