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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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