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The case of Althusser confirms by opposition the fact that after more than two centuries the idea of the "writer," like the French Revolution with which it was associated almost from the beginning, is over. Given the great influence he exercised in the last decade or so of his life, it seems appropriate to give the last word on the brief historical trajectory of "the writer" traced here to Michel Foucault. His deeply ambivalent relationship to those working in that tradition, as well as to "the general intellectual," is illuminating, and it is something I will return to at the end.
One finds anticipated here the kind of mass public festivals that, first organized by the revolutionaries in the 1790s, were to become a central feature of the French republican tradition and to be taken up by the various twentieth-century revolutionary movements. It is in his discussion of public festivals, in fact, that Rousseau evokes a Genevan at play and comes closest to presenting a portrait of his ideal happy, animated citizen in whom, unlike the actor, there is no gap between appearance and being: "He is lively, gay, warm; at such moments his heart is in his eyes as it is on his lips; he seeks to communicate his joy and his pleasures; he invites, he presses, he forces himself upon those who come by, he disputes their company.
On the level of the private man, to identify with the Misanthrope is to fail to appreciate the underlying comic structure of the character, that is to say, the way in which Alceste lives a contradiction; Alceste is a comic character, not a model of moral rectitude in a hypocritical world, because of the antagonism he visibly embodies, namely, that between a dogmatic moral stance and a passion, between contempt for the insincerity of human social relations and desire for a coquette who is a living incarnation of that insincerity.