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date: 18 January 2019

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The Baroque, like Classicism, has long been considered as an endogenous category, or (still worse), as anhistorical. Deleuze, we know, refused this historicist judgment and made of the “fold” the paradigmatic feature of the Baroque. In the present article, after showing that Baroque was inseparable from Classicisim, we will propose to add another fold to Deleuze’s: the fold of time. To defend the classical side of the Baroque is to claim that the Baroque is worth transmitting and that this can only be done along with classicism. Cultural transmission circulates in the folds of time. This article refers to the “classic-baroque,” or the consciousness of this fold in time, the awareness that all transmission is based on a past and a present folded together, somewhat lamely, by the future—something that cannot be easily contained within a chronology or within a linear historical causality.

Keywords: the Baroque, endogenous, exogenous, early modern, historicity, the Galant

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