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Most widely held works by Voltaire Foundation
Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century( )

in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete works of Voltaire by Voltaire( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in French and English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide


in English and French and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment online is a digital collection of volumes from the "Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century" (SVEC) and "Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment" series. The series publishes scholarly work to advance learning across the disciplines of history, philosophy, theater, visual arts, science, economics, and women's studies
Correspondance générale d'Helvétius : Vol. 4 by Helvétius( )

1 edition published in 1998 in French and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the fourth of five volumes of the letters of the French philosopher Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715-1771), author of the controversial De l'Esprit (1758). Featuring the correspondence of Mme Helvétius, née Anne Catherine de Ligniville (1722-1800), in the years following her husband's death, this volume also includes letters by and to Helvétius discovered since the publication of the first three volumes. Mme Helvétius enjoyed an active widowhood, welcoming to her salon in Auteuil a group of intellectuals who came to be known as the Idéologues. A close friend of Benjamin Franklin, she was involved in political events before and during the French Revolution, as well as in Napoleon's coup d'état. In the last letter of the series her grandson describes her burial in her garden, which took place without religious or revolutionary ceremony in the presence of all her favourite pets. Most of the newly discovered letters are addressed to Helvétius by figures as important as d'Alembert, Boulanger, Chastellux, Saint-Lambert, Servan, Thieriot, and Trublet. Some of these complete an existing exchange, others provide dates for letters already published
The Darnton debate : books and revolution in the eighteenth century by Haydn Mason( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ever since Professor Robert Darnton aroused the interest of all Enlightenment scholars with the publication of 'The High Enlightenment and the low-life literature in pre-revolutionary France' in 1971, he has been in the forefront of debate about that period and the French Revolution which followed it. His work has long been an indispensable study for all those who ponder on the nature and evolution of these great movements. By the mid 1990s, however, it was apparent that Darnton's far-reaching conclusions on the relationship of the Enlightenment to the Revolution, together with his historical accounts of printed works and the mentalités of the eighteenth century, merited a comprehensive debate on his whole œuvre. The present collection sparks off that debate. The contributors to this volume were invited freely to address any particular aspect of Robert Darnton's researches or to discuss the whole trust of his thinking about the past. Darnton readily agreed to this proposal, encouraging the editor to send invitations to long-standing critics just as much as to more sympathetic readers.The essays collected here respond to the original request, in diverse ways. Taking up a whole spectrum of positions about Darnton's work, they attempt an answer based on deep reflection or assiduous source-research or both.In a coda to the volume Robert Darnton responds robustly to the various readings of his work. In places he seeks to rescue it from what he considers to be false interpretations and to set the record straight. But his essay is not just a rebuttal. It moves the debate on, bringing new insights and information not previously published. His conclusion are as flexible open-ended as one could wish, and in line with which they have been richly plumbed in his writings.The threads running through the various essays are drawn together by a comprehensive index of eighteenth-century persons and writings. 'Darnton at his best [...] adds new and often vivid evidence to support arguments he has advanced before. The book isno Festschrift...; a commentary on the impact on his chosen field of an original mind and a distinguished stylist.'Times Literary Supplement 'This excellently conceived volume reflects the centrality of Darnton's achievement to the historical orientation of eighteenth-century scholarship in the second half of the twentieth century by bringing together the views of twelve distinguished specialists. The collection concludes with a reaction to the debate by Darnton himself. Not all the contributors are pro-Darnton enthusiasts, and the volume is far more than just a tribute to the work of a great scholar. It offers thoughtful reflections on, and a vigorous critical engagement with, the way Darnton addresses the past.'Modern Language Review
Correspondance générale d'Helvétius by Helvétius( Book )

in French and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enlightenment studies in honour of Lester G. Cocker( Book )

6 editions published in 1979 in English and French and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science against the unbelievers : the correspondence of Bonnet and Needham, 1760-1780 by Renato G Mazzolini( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regulating the Académie : art, rules and power in Ancien régime France by Reed Benhamou( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The acclaimed Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture, the second oldest academy in France, was abolished in 1793. Whilst a number of studies have explored the drama of its dissolution, often associated with a speech by former member Jacques-Louis David, this outcome can only be fully understood in the context of the evolving governance of the institution. In this groundbreaking work, Reed Benhamou provides the first comprehensive examination of the codes and practices of the Académie, from its inception in 1648 to its abolition in 1793. As well as exploring why certain rules were adopted, how they facilitated the development of institutional power bases, and the part they played in the Académie's growing factionalism, the author uncovers changing attitudes to the guild, women, associate academicians and unaffiliated artists. This astute and comprehensive analysis is followed by nine annotated appendices of both registered and proposed statutes and of other related documents, many of which are made readily accessible for the first time. Offering new insights into the tensions between art and state throughout theancien régimeand beyond, Regulating the Académieis an invaluable reference not only for art historians, but also for those working in cultural or legal history. Benhamou succeeds in delivering a crisp account of the institution's history in a well-paced ninety-two pages ... The second part ... of Benhamou's book comprises nine appendices in which the various iterations of the Academy's statutes are reproduced. ... This, along with Benhamou's judicious summary of the history of the organization and her excellent bibliography, make this volume an essential addition to the library of any scholar of seventeenth- through nineteenth-century French art.- CAA Reviews 'Benhamou's articulate, comprehensive description of the stages of the Académie's administrative evolution recalls the fragility of our own institutions amidst recent internecine political tensions and power struggles.'- New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century
Locke's political liberty : readings and misreadings by Christophe Miqueu( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The canonical image of John Locke as one of the first philosophesis so deeply engrained that we could forget that he belonged to a very different historico-political context. His influence on Enlightenment thought, not least that of his theories of political liberty, has been the subject of widespread debate. InLocke's political liberty: readings and misreadingsa team of renowned international scholars re-evaluates Locke's heritage in the eighteenth century and the ways it was used. Moving beyond reductive conceptions of Locke as either central or peripheral to the development of Enlightenment thought, historians and philosophers explore how his writings are invoked, exploited or distorted in eighteenth-century reflections on liberty. Analyses of his reception in England and France bring out underlying conceptual differences between the two nations, and extend an ongoing debate about the difficulty of characterising national political epistemologies. The traditional Anglocentric view of Locke and his influence is demystified, and what emerges is a new, more diverse vision of the reception of his political thinking throughout Europe. Of interest to political philosophers and historians, Locke's political liberty: readings and misreadingsreveals how the issues identified by Locke recur in our own debates about difference, identity and property - his work is as resonant today as it has ever been
Interpreting colonialism by Byron R Wells( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume has its origins in an international seminar where eighteen scholars representing a number of academic fields were invited to consider the eighteenth-century colonial enterprise from a more global and interdisciplinary perspective. Among the issues that arose then, and that are more fully elaborated here, are: the nature and goals of the many colonial expeditions that were undertaken at the time; the manners and means in which these were carried out; the differences between them; and the similarities that they shared. Relying on a variety of sources that include historical archives, literary texts, travel journals, visual and material artefacts and critical studies, the authors explore eighteenth-century colonialism as it was practised and manifested around the world: Europe, Africa, the Americas, the South Pacific, and Asia. What emerges from their essays is the image of a Eurocentric practice with global implications whose themes, despite the diversity existing among the preponderant colonial powers, were oft repeated. As a result, the essays presented here are grouped into four sub-headings - Representations, Mercantilism, Religion and ideology, and Slavery - each of which is integral to an understanding of colonial and post-colonial theories and of their respective consequences and interpretations. The motives of colonisers, as well as their critics, were both multiple and shared during the eighteenth century. These engendered complex sets of arguments - philosophical, political, economic, and social - which the contributors to this volume examine in detail in such disparate geo-political areas as Mexico and Thailand, Senegal and China. 'The voyage across methodologies, histories, lands, and cultures will be as eye-opening yet bumpy as any such excursion around the colonial world must be. ... Among the many virtues of the contributions is that they move well beyond schematic depictions of colonial power, taking various approaches to the dynamics of colonial relations and examining the agency, and even at times the complicity, of colonialized subjects. ... Taken as a whole, the impressive undertaking may be considered under the rubric of "critical global studies", as Felicity Nussbaum calls the project informing The Global Eighteenth Century(2003), a collection to which Interpreting Colonialismprovides a welcome and worthy complement.'Eighteenth-Century Fiction
Wife-abuse in eighteenth-century France by Mary Seidman Trouille( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent archival research has focussed on the material conditions of marriage in eighteenth-century France, providing new insight into the social and judicial contexts of marital violence. Mary Trouille builds on these findings to write the first book on spousal abuse during this period. Through close examination of a wide range of texts, Trouille shows how lawyers and novelists adopted each other's rhetorical strategies to present competing versions of the truth. Male voices - those of husbands, lawyers, editors, and moralists - are analysed in accounts of separation cases presented in Des Essarts's influentialCauses célèbres, in moral and legal treatises, and in legal briefs by well-known lawyers of the period. Female voices, both real and imagined, are explored through court testimony and novels based on actual events by Sade, Genlis, and Rétif de la Bretonne. By bringing the traditionally private matter of spousal abuse into the public arena, these texts had a significant impact on public opinion and served as an impetus for legal reform in the early years of the French Revolution. Trouille's interdisciplinary study makes a significant contribution to our understanding of attitudes towards women in eighteenth-century society, and provides a historical context for debates about domestic violence that are very much alive today. 'Mary Trouille's Wife Abuse in Eighteenth-Century France brings a legal-literary approach to understanding domestic abuse and marital separation cases in pre-Revolutionary and Revolutionary France. ... By juxtaposing legal and literary sources, Trouille succeeds in demonstrating how much social and legal historians can learn from each other.'The Journal of Law and History Review, Volume 28/3 'Trouille makes a convincing case for the efficacy of her examples both to understand prevailing attitudes towards spousal abuse and to seek evidence for how those attitudes changed over time. ... her insightful analysis of literary material in dialogue with the legal cases makes a convincing and valuable contribution to the field of eighteenth-century French studies.'French Studies, Volume 65, Issue 1 'Trouille's book can serve as a model for the possibilities and proper deployment of interdisciplinary methodologies. With a keen eye to historical context and literary criticism, Trouille pays particular attention to the overlaps between the literary and legal, the public and the private, the family, and the individual in judicial and literary approaches to abusive marriages, the position of women and divorce. ... Those interested in questions of post-Enlightenment changes in the nature of gender roles in French society will find her book to be a goldmine of research and insight.'Women's Studies, 39
Interpreting the ancien régime : David Bien by David D Bien( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The work of David Bien, one of America's foremost historians of eighteenth-century France, transformed our understanding of the ancien régime and the origins of the French Revolution. The editors bring together for the first time his most important articles, other previously unpublished essays and an interview transcript. Bien's empirically-grounded approach made him a central figure in the 'revisionist' debates on the origins of the French Revolution. His re-reading of the Calas affair as an anomaly in a growing trend of tolerance (rather than a sign of widespread bigotry among an entire class of magistrates) opened up significant new insights into the history of religious persecution, long influenced by Voltaire. Bien's ground-breaking research on the army and the sale of offices revealed the surprising extent of social mobility at the time and challenged the prevailing orthodoxy that it was frustration of the bourgeoisie which contributed to the outbreak of the Revolution. With a preface by Keith Baker and an introduction by Michael Christofferson, Interpreting the 'ancien régime' underlines the seminal importance of David Bien's work for contemporary debates about the social and political history of late-eighteenth-century France. It will be an indispensible resource for historians and historiographers alike.--
The super-enlightenment : daring to know too much by Dan Edelstein( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on 18th century Enlightenment writing, contributors explore the social, religious, artistic, political and scientific dimensions of the grey area that binds so-called 'illuminist' and 'rational' forms of thinking - the super-enlightenment
Les vies de Voltaire : discours et représentations biographiques, XVIIIe-XXIe siècles( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in French and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a study of the ways in which Voltaire has been portrayed by various writers and in numerous forms, from the 18th century to our times
The interdisciplinary century : tensions and convergences in eighteenth-century art, history and literature by Julia Douthwaite Viglione( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Judging by most contemporary accounts, the virtues of cross-disciplinary research, teaching and scholarship are above reproach. Conference organisers announce with pride that 'l'interdisciplinarité a porté ses fruits'; governments and universities sponsor ever-growing numbers of interdisciplinary research teams. Such activity is especially pertinent to eighteenth-century studies. The Republic of Letters inspired scholars, scientists, artists, and writers to engage in spirited, multilingual and long-term correspondence with colleagues throughout Europe. As many contributors to this timely and provocative volume argue, a certain kind of interdisciplinarity is required for any consideration of eighteenth-century topics.But what impact has this enthusiasm for interdisciplinarity had on our understanding of objects, monuments, texts, and events of the past? Born of an intense series of debates, this volume takes on current controversies with unflinching honesty. Contributors address questions of theory and practice. Does interdisciplinary investigation carry any meaningful challenge to the disciplines themselves, or are we merely trading one kind of evidence for another? What institutional constraints work against such research and teaching? Is interdisciplinarity a pressing preoccupation of scholars in France and the UK, as it is in the US?The introduction provides a critical history of interdisciplinarity and outlines the key tensions of university life as experienced by students and scholars in the US, the UK and France. Position papers provide state-of-the-field analyses - some invigorating or even utopian, others darkly brooding. Case studies present examples of contemporary work, showing what might happen when a literary scholar confronts a pornographer's battles, when an art historian takes on an 'undisciplined' object‚ or, perhaps most intriguing, when a practising attorney evaluates 'legal' approaches to literature
La fureur de nuire : échanges pamphlétaires entre philosophes et antiphilosophes (1750-1770) by Olivier Ferret( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in French and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thèse de doctorat sur les querelles littéraires en France pendant les vingt ans qui ont suivi la publication du Prospectus de l'Encyclopédie, sur la place des échanges de pamphlets dans ces querelles sur des thèmes politiques et religieux, sur les modes de publication et le style de ces pamphlets, mais aussi sur le rôle et l'influence de Voltaire dans ces échanges
Le monde amérindien au miroir des Lettres édifiantes et curieuses by Adrien Paschoud( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in French and English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ecrites pour un large lectorat, les Lettres édifiantes et curieuses(1702-1776) des missionnaires jésuites brossent un tableau très riche de la vie sociale et culturelle du Nouveau Monde. Ecrites non seulement pour affermir la foi des croyants, elles visaient aussi à obtenir aux missions jésuites le soutien royal et des appuis financiers et politiques, et à réfuter les nombreuses critiques adressées à l'ordre.Ajoutant à l'intérêt croissant de l'historiographie pour la littérature coloniale, Adrien Paschoud, dans sonSavoir et apologétique dans le discours missionnaire jésuite, se concentre sur des lettres et des documents concernant les Amériques. Par une analyse thématique et rhétorique, il explore les façons dont les Jésuites cherchaient à comprendre, à exprimer, et à communiquer leurs expériences de cette culture exotique. Paschoud étudie ensuite la réception desLettresdans le climat socio-politique de la France au dix-huitième siècle, une époque où l'autorité de l'Eglise faisait face à un laïcisme croissant et à un Etat au pouvoir grandissant.Allant au-delà de l'anthropologie et de l'histoire coloniale, l'étude innovatrice d'Adrien Paschoud montre comment la représentation de l'altérité par les Jésuites est inséparable de leurs plus larges objectifs polémiques ou apologétiques. A travers son analyse de ces lettres de missionnaires, l'auteur met en lumière les rapports complexes entre épistémologie et rhétorique, savoir et pouvoir. 'L'ouvrage, fort bien documenté aux sources jésuites, est enrichi d'une bibliographie et d'un index onomastique. A lire.'Nouvelle revue théologique 'Adrien Paschoud fills a need by his ... account. This is an under-researched area of Enlightenment-era studies. His focus is narrow and he analyzes only volumes 9 and 10 (from the 1780-1783 edition) of the Lettres édifiantes. Keeping the scope limited and clear and then digging deeper is what we need and what we get.'Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, vol. LXXXI, fasc. 161
Françoise de Graffigny, femme de lettres : écriture et réception by G. J Mallinson( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in French and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Etudes diverses éclairant la personnalité et l'oeuvre de F. de Graffigny. Analyses de ses "Lettres d'une Péruvienne", best-seller du XVIIIe siècle, de son activité de dramaturge à travers la "Cénie", dont l'écriture apparaît aussi innovatrice que le roman. Retour aussi sur la correspondance qui offre de nombreux aperçus sur cette femme aux multiples facettes
Forging Rousseau : print, commerce and cultural manipulation in the late Enlightenment by Raymond Birn( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and Multiple languages and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspired by questions and techniques of l'histoire du livre', this books investigates how print technology in the service of cultural discipleship created the liteary icon known as Jean-Jacques Rousseau. During his lifetime Rousseau asserted an author-centred interpretation of literary property that brought him celebrity and income. However, following the condemnations ofEmileandDu contrat social, it also brought him extraordinary personnal grief. After Rousseau's death in July 1778, three disciples envisioned a massive testament of rehabilitation, theCollection complète des oeuvres de Jean-Jacques Rousseau, citoyen de Genève. Containing the first editions of theConfessions, Rêveries du promeneur solitaire, and considerable correspondence, theCollection complèteoffered up Rousseau the martyred sage speaking the language of autobiography. Readers were invited to appropriate lessons from the tragic life. Indeed, the absorption of Rousseau's texts was intended to stir up, manipulate, and change their own lives. Though theCollection complètewas an extraordinary literary phenomenon, it proved to be a commercial disaster. Competing editorial agendas tore apart the disciples, and piracies of their edition damaged the enterprise. Rousseau's 'widow' and blood relatives claimed literary property rights inheritance. Subsequently, as the French Revolution unfolded, established strategies behind the marketing of Rousseau shifted. The flexible moral messages of autobiography yelded place to a static political one - that of Rousseau as author ofDu contrat social, thepère de la patrie, en embalmed corpse lying in state in the Panthéon. Forging Rousseauis a unique type of cultural analysis, contextualising the commercial publishing history of Rousseau's works in the milieux of the late Enlightenment and Revolutionary period. It is sensitive to major issues concerning book history today: what constitutes an edition, what constitutes a piracy, and competing definitions of intellectual property, icon construction, and literary inheritance
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The complete works of Voltaire
The Darnton debate : books and revolution in the eighteenth centuryCorrespondance générale d'HelvétiusScience against the unbelievers : the correspondence of Bonnet and Needham, 1760-1780Regulating the Académie : art, rules and power in Ancien régime FranceLocke's political liberty : readings and misreadingsInterpreting colonialismWife-abuse in eighteenth-century FranceInterpreting the ancien régime : David Bien
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