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Hippolyte Taine

French critic and historian

1828   -   1893

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movement: positivism
country of citizenship: France
native language: French
languages spoken, written or signed: French
educated at: Lycée Condorcet, École Normale Supérieure
occupation: philosopher, historian, writer, art historian, literary critic
award received: Concours général, Honorary doctor of the University of Oxford, Officer of the Legion of Honour
position held: conseiller municipal de Menthon-Saint-Bernard, seat 25 of the Académie française

Hippolyte Adolphe Taine (French pronunciation: ​[ipɔlit adɔlf tɛn], 21 April 1828 – 5 March 1893) was a French historian, critic and philosopher. He was the chief theoretical influence on French naturalism, a major proponent of sociological positivism and one of the first practitioners of historicist criticism. Literary historicism as a critical movement has been said to originate with him. Taine is also remembered for his attempts to provide a scientific account of literature. Taine had a profound effect on French literature; the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica asserted that "the tone which pervades the works of Zola, Bourget and Maupassant can be immediately attributed to the influence we call Taine's." Through his work on the French Revolution, Taine has been credited as having ‘forged the architectural structure of modern French right-wing historiography’.
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    • Naples ( 1864 )

      article published in the Revue des deux Mondes

      author: Hippolyte Taine

    • Le Mont Cassin, Rome, les Antiques et Raphaël ( 1865 )

      article published in the Revue des deux Mondes

      author: Hippolyte Taine

    • Rome, les Villas, les Palais, Michel-Ange ( 1865 )

      article published in the Revue des deux Mondes

      author: Hippolyte Taine

    • Les Églises et la Société romaine ( 1865 )

      article published in the Revue des deux Mondes

      author: Hippolyte Taine

    • Le Peuple et le Gouvernement de Rome ; la Campagne romaine et la Semaine sainte en 1864 ( 1865 )

      article published in the Revue des deux Mondes

      author: Hippolyte Taine

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