Feeling hemmed in by narrow frontiers? Harassed by the ‘natives’ for being interested in the world outside? Feeling cut off from Europe, not to speak of bleak political circumstances and ominous financial predictions?
La beauté du débris
Thursday, 25 May, 2017
L’inscription des poésies d’André Chénier au programme de l’Agrégation de Lettres modernes relève du roman.
Le Siècle de Louis XIV en alphabet
Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Il est de ces textes du corpus voltairien qui passent relativement inaperçus aujourd’hui, malgré leur succès au dix-huitième siècle.
The science of parchment and paper: discovery and conservation
Wednesday, 10 May, 2017
What can we learn from the physical materials that make up books and manuscripts? ‘Science and the love of books’ in all their animal, vegetable and mineral glory.
Rousseau and the perils of public address
Wednesday, 3 May, 2017
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.