Can an 18th-century author wishing to establish the monarchy still belong to the Enlightenment?
The Comédie-Française by the numbers, 1680-1793
Thursday, 19 November, 2020
Almost every evening at the playhouse, once the curtain had fallen and the theatre crowd had gone home, a designated member of the troupe retired to the box office (no doubt with a verre!) to count the evening’s proceeds.
Digitising the margins: a classification of Voltaire’s scribbles
Thursday, 12 November, 2020
When a team of Russian scholars began to publish the marginalia from Voltaire's library, they settled on a compromise editorial policy of transcribing Voltaire’s words and reproducing graphically any accompanying marks and lines.
The Literary and scientific stakes of transgender in eighteenth-century Italy and England: the case of Catterina Vizzani
Thursday, 5 November, 2020
The first recounting of early modern transgender identity in Italy.
The history of the book that never was: Voltaire’s ‘Histoire de la guerre de 1741’
Thursday, 22 October, 2020
The work was never published by Voltaire, so what went wrong?
Exploring Voltaire’s letters: between close and distant readings
Tuesday, 20 October, 2020
In our new book, ‘Voltaire’s correspondence: digital readings’, we have experimented with a range of digital humanities methods.
The forces of reproduction. Meta/physics and insect sex in eighteenth-century entomology
Thursday, 15 October, 2020
In the early modern era, popular opinion on insect reproduction was based on ‘spontaneous generation’.
Alexander Radishchev’s ‘Journey from St Petersburg to Moscow’
Thursday, 8 October, 2020
‘Each person is born into this world the equal of any other.’ – This line opens a speech in the court trial of a family of serfs who killed their master in self-defence. This line and other statements about inequality, human rights, and social justice, are of crucial importance in Alexander Radishchev’s ‘Journey from St Petersburg to Moscow’ (1790).
L’‘Essai sur les mœurs’: une lecture personnelle
Thursday, 1 October, 2020
L’Essai sur les mœurs est en grande partie un recensement de la souffrance infligée par la cruauté humaine sous toutes ses formes, et de la quête de liberté au moins sous certaines formes.