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.
Micromégas: objet littéraire non identifié
Monday, 24 April, 2017
Le tome 20c des Œuvres complètes de Voltaire, tout juste sorti des presses, comprend entre autres textes le conte philosophique Micromégas.
Isaiah Berlin and the Enlightenment
Tuesday, 18 April, 2017
Sir Isaiah Berlin, as he eventually became, was the leading British intellectual historian of his time. He was born in 1909 in Riga, on the western edge of the Russian Empire.
Animals and humans in the long eighteenth century: an intricate relationship
Monday, 10 April, 2017
How does a scholarly book get started? In the majority of cases it is bound with the author or editor’s passion.
OSE Digitisation for archiving… then sale?
Tuesday, 4 April, 2017
The Vf is in the midst of a big project to digitise all 550+ books from the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment series into the Oxford University Research Archive.
Falconet: a sculptor’s quest for influence
Monday, 27 March, 2017
1 December 2016 marked three centuries since the birth of this remarkable actor of the Enlightenment stage. No other artist of that time seemed better able to tap into the wishes and convictions of his beneficiaries or contemporaries.
Voltaire and the Jacobites
Monday, 20 March, 2017
Voltaire had long-running and complicated relationships with the Jacobites, the supporters of the exiled Stuarts, the Catholic dynasty which was overthrown and replaced by the Protestant William of Orange in 1688.
Voltaire and the one-liner
Friday, 10 March, 2017
Voltaire presents us with a paradox. He wrote a huge amount – the definitive edition of his Complete works will comprise around 200 volumes – and yet he is really famous for his short sentences.
Françoise de Graffigny, gouvernante et observatrice de l’éducation des femmes
Wednesday, 8 March, 2017
Pour marquer la Journée internationale des femmes nous nous tournons vers Françoise de Graffigny, femme de lettres.