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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.
The phenomenon of the ‘amateur’
Friday, 27 September, 2019
The amateur has been the subject of new interest in recent years. The September volume in Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment studies the phenomenon in several disciplines and cultural backgrounds.
Voltaire among the popes
Thursday, 19 September, 2019
Walking through Urban V’s orchard-garden in the shadow of the Palais des Papes, I didn’t expect to find the faces of Voltaire and Madame Du Châtelet fluttering to the ground on a publicity flier. But the ‘Avignon off’ (the French equivalent of the Edinburgh Fringe with sun) is full of unlikely spectacles.
How to tell a king he writes bad verse
Thursday, 12 September, 2019
In 1750, Voltaire travelled to the court of the Prussian king, Frederick II, where one of his duties would be to correct the king’s writings in French.
Les index des OCV: principes, entraves et usage
Friday, 6 September, 2019
Les avis diffèrent sur ce qui fait un bon index, cet outil devant répondre à toutes sortes d’impératifs parfois contradictoires.
L’édition Kehl de Voltaire, une aventure éditoriale et littéraire au tournant des Lumières (2ème partie)
Monday, 2 September, 2019
La richesse extraordinaire de l’histoire de l’édition de Kehl provient de l’alliance entre deux projets.
L’édition Kehl de Voltaire, une aventure éditoriale et littéraire au tournant des Lumières (1ère partie)
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
Le libraire Panckoucke est à l’origine de cette histoire éditoriale.

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