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
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
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.
As part of the methodology option ‘History of the Book’ for the Masters in Enlightenment course, students were asked to present some part of their research on a blog. We felt that student Thea Goldring’s research project concerning the Encyclopédie planches would be of interest to the readers of the Voltaire Foundation’s collaborative blog.
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.
« Tel est le fanatisme: c’est un monstre sans cœur, sans yeux et sans oreilles. Il ose se dire le fils de la religion, il se cache sous sa robe, et dès qu’on veut le réprimer, il crie, ‘Au secours on égorge ma mère.’ » (Œuvres complètes de Voltaire, tome 70A (2015), p.142-43)
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.
250 years ago, on 1 July 1766, the young François-Jean Lefebvre de La Barre was executed in Abbeville, Picardy, having been charged with blasphemy in the summer of 1765. The first reference to La Barre in Voltaire’s correspondence is in a letter of 16 June 1766 to his great-nephew, Alexandre Marie François de Paule de Dompierre d’Hornoy.