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‘Je soussigné barbouilleur d’écrits inutiles’
Thursday, 16 January, 2020
Ce court texte, résultat sans doute d’une plaisanterie dont les circonstances nous sont malheureusement inconnues, est l’un des morceaux rassemblés dans le volume de ‘Fragments divers’ qui clôt la partie littéraire des OCV.
What can the Enlightenment teach us about theater and emotion?
Friday, 10 January, 2020
What connects the religious zealots who tried to annihilate theater under Louis XIV to the Enlightenment?
The triumph of truth
Thursday, 19 December, 2019
In my work on the digital Voltaire iconography database, I frequently stumble across portraits of Voltaire which are particularly unexpected, funny, or have an interesting story to them. Reynolds’ ‘The Triumph of Truth’ is a personal favourite.
That unfortunate movement
Thursday, 12 December, 2019
‘The French Revolution: A very short introduction’ appeared in 2001 and has enjoyed very healthy sales, both in English and in translation into a number of other languages.
‘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.

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