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Il faut se plonger dans l’‘Essai sur les mœurs’
Tuesday, 8 January, 2019
Le titre est trompeur. Il s’agit en réalité du plus gros livre sans doute qu’ait écrit Voltaire.
In search of lost rhymes
Thursday, 13 December, 2018
Volume 84 of the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire includes a section containing a large number of poems that have at one time or another been attributed to Voltaire.
The Newberry French Revolution Collection at ARTFL
Thursday, 6 December, 2018
We are keen to broaden the Digitizing Enlightenment community to highlight digital projects across the spectrum of 18th-century studies.
La Beaumelle dans la tourmente de l’affaire Calas
Thursday, 29 November, 2018
Le quatorzième tome de la « Correspondance générale de La Beaumelle », qui vient de paraître, se concentre sur la période de mars 1761 à décembre 1763.
‘Garden centres must become the Jacobin Clubs of the new Revolution’
Tuesday, 20 November, 2018
Ian Hamilton Finlay is the author of this startling command. It is one of his ‘Detached Sentences on Gardening’.
Human rights, story-ballet and insects: The Oxford Enlightenment programme for 2018-2019
Friday, 9 November, 2018
Our 2018-2019 programme is spearheaded by events on human rights and the Enlightenment, a much-debated topic with contemporary implications.
Would Voltaire have made a good PhD supervisor? Voltaire mentors Vauvenargues
Tuesday, 6 November, 2018
A current work in progress at the Voltaire Foundation relates to one of Voltaire’s less-discussed friendships, with Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues.
Zola in the eighteenth century: ‘The Dream’ and the embroiderer’s art
Tuesday, 30 October, 2018
When I began work on my translation of Emile Zola’s ‘Le Rêve’ of 1888 for Oxford World’s Classics, I did not appreciate just how distinctive an eighteenth-century flavour the novel takes on in places.
Lighting the Enlightenment
Tuesday, 23 October, 2018
Try googling ‘light and enlightenment’ and see what you find. Buddhism, new age religion, mindfulness, and spirituality top the list. But if you are hoping to find discussions of the Enlightenment in the context of lanterns, illumination, and light, you’ll need to search a little harder, or be prepared to be left in the dark.
Language, science and human control of nature: the case of Buffon’s ‘Histoire naturelle’
Tuesday, 16 October, 2018
Science and written language in the French eighteenth century.