David Wootton’s 2017 Besterman lecture is a highly critical assessment of Adam Smith’s views on famine.
In honor of Robert Darnton
Monday, 19 June, 2017
This month Oxford University will award an honorary doctorate of letters to Robert Darnton, a leading cultural historian over the past 50 years of eighteenth-century French literary culture.
La comédie de mœurs: perversion du classique ou genre classique?
Friday, 9 June, 2017
Pourquoi la comédie de mœurs fleurit-elle de 1680 à 1720?
Bayle against the Brexit Blues
Friday, 2 June, 2017
Feeling hemmed in by narrow frontiers? Harassed by the ‘natives’ for being interested in the world outside? Feeling cut off from Europe, not to speak of bleak political circumstances and ominous financial predictions?
La beauté du débris
Thursday, 25 May, 2017
L’inscription des poésies d’André Chénier au programme de l’Agrégation de Lettres modernes relève du roman.
Le Siècle de Louis XIV en alphabet
Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Il est de ces textes du corpus voltairien qui passent relativement inaperçus aujourd’hui, malgré leur succès au dix-huitième siècle.
The science of parchment and paper: discovery and conservation
Wednesday, 10 May, 2017
What can we learn from the physical materials that make up books and manuscripts? ‘Science and the love of books’ in all their animal, vegetable and mineral glory.
Friday, 5 May, 2017
The Voltaire Foundation organises a variety of events, the highlight being the annual Besterman Lectures.
Rousseau and the perils of public address
Wednesday, 3 May, 2017
The unpredictability of the reading public makes literary reception a chancy affair. In the very loud and crowded market of ideas of the French Enlightenment, the rhetorical gesture of address underscored the vulnerability and power of the modern writer.