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‘Depuis Charlemagne jusqu’à nos jours’ – mission accomplished
Thursday, 5 December, 2019
There are many reasons why Voltaire’s ‘Précis du siècle de Louis XV’ deserves our attention.
Over her dead body: tears and laughter in ‘L’Ingénu’’s final scene
Thursday, 28 November, 2019
Bloggers and other would-be beaux esprits routinely reach for Oscar Wilde when confronted with depictions of uncomfortable sentimentality.
Translating ‘rights of man’ across language, time and meaning
Thursday, 21 November, 2019
Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment is pleased to publish a translation of a previously published scholarly title.
Au programme des agrégations de Lettres en 2020: ‘Zadig’, ‘Candide’, ‘L’Ingénu’
Thursday, 14 November, 2019
Les ‘contes philosophiques’ de Voltaire sont aujourd’hui la partie émergée d’un iceberg aux multiples facettes.
La Beaumelle, écrivain engagé avant la lettre
Tuesday, 5 November, 2019
Le quinzième tome de la ‘Correspondance générale de La Beaumelle’, qui vient de paraître, se concentre sur la période de janvier 1764 à décembre 1766.
Ceci n’est pas ‘Candide’…
Thursday, 31 October, 2019
In his study of Voltaire and England (1976), André-Michel Rousseau gives Voltaire’s contemporary translators short shrift. He dismisses most English translations of the contes out of hand.
Strategy and revolution: the last words of the Jesuit China Mission?
Thursday, 24 October, 2019
On the eve of the Seven Years’ War, Voltaire published ‘L’Orphelin de la Chine’ and the ‘Essai sur les mœurs’, marking the high point of sinophilia in Enlightenment France.
John V’s Lisbon: the new Rome
Thursday, 17 October, 2019
“All the new coins will show my effigy and name on one side, as some of the old kings in these reigns used to mint as well as almost all the Princes of Europe right now.”
Obstinément Voltaire. La redécouverte en Suisse d’un portrait par Jean Huber
Thursday, 10 October, 2019
L’heureuse rencontre de deux personnalités tout à fait hors du commun est à l’origine d’une suite de portraits de Voltaire.
Writing the imagination
Thursday, 3 October, 2019
Jean Honoré Fragonard’s drawing ‘L’inspiration de l’artiste’ (ca. 1761-1773) shows us the artist in the act of conceiving an artwork.

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