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Voltaire's theatre



Part I: Theory: Towards a definition of tragedy

Chapter I. A categorical review

Chapter II. Voltaire's concept of tragedy

A. Prefaces, commentaries and correspondences

B. Voltaire and Aristotle

C. The critics' interpretation

Part II: Practice: The cycle from Œdipe to Mérope

Chapter I. Œdipe

Chapter II. Zaïre

Chapter III. Alzire

Chapter IV. Mahomet

Rémond de Saint-Mard


Chapter I. The Dialogues de Dieux

Chapter II. The Lettres Galantes et Philosophiques

Chapter III. Rémond's Aesthetics

Chapter IV. Le bon goût

Chapter V. The Réflexions sur la poësie en général

Chapter VI. Rémond and his critics

Lucilie ou l'histoire de mademoiselle de ***

List of the works of Rémond de Saint-Mard


Spire Pitou, The players' return to Versailles, 1723-1757

Charlotte Hogsett, Jean Baptiste Dubos on art as illusion

Clifton Cherpack, Jacques le fataliste and le Compère Mathieu

William H. Trapnell, The 'philosophical' implications of Marivaux's Dispute

Barry Ivker, Towards a definition of libertinism in 18th-century French fiction

Mark Poster, The concepts of sexual identity and the life cycle in Restif's utopian thought

Poetry in the digital age: the Digital Miscellanies Index and eighteenth-century culture

For most of us, reading for pleasure usually means getting stuck into some fiction or non-fiction. Poetry is a less common diversion, but we still have an appetite for poems to dip into, to find solace in, to memorise and share. And we can choose from an array of collections that promote poetry as an everyday companion, a form of therapy, and a tradition of national interest.

‘French dog! ’: interpreting insults on the streets of London

In light of the recent events and the emergence of questions around British openness (or lack thereof) towards a cosmopolitan culture and foreign nationals, it is interesting to step back in time and observe what kind of reception foreign visitors to England enjoyed in the past. Even for the most anglophile early modern visitor, three aspects of any trip often remained problematic. First, the terrible physical discomfort of crossing the Channel.

Digitizing Raynal (and Diderot): New Digital Editions of the Histoire des deux Indes

A collaborative digital research project On the heels of Cecil Courtney and Jenny Mander’s recent publication, Raynal's 'Histoire des deux Indes' colonialism, networks and global exchange (OSE, 2015), I am pleased to announce a new international research project aimed at further exploring Raynal’s monumental work and its impact on Enlightenment thought.


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