The Eighteenth Century Now

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The Eighteenth Century Now

Boundaries and Perspectives

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2005:10


October 13th, 2005

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Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of SVEC, this collection of essays examines the current state of eighteenth-century French studies; it revisits a familiar canon, investigates more recently discovered fields of enquiry, and explores new perspectives for research.
Eighteenth-century studies today are characterised above all by their re-examination of categories and boundaries. We are witnessing a progressive broadening of the canon, not least in our rediscovery of women's writing, and a reinvestigation of apparently 'minor' works by apparently 'familiar' authors. There has been path-breaking research, too, in areas which reflect our broadening conception of eighteenth-century studies, from literature of travel to post-colonial writing, translation to the press, popular literature to clandestine manuscripts. 
Different perspectives on eighteenth-century writing have been opened up by new ways of reading which draw on research in cultural studies, history of the book or rhetorical analysis. New insights have emerged from studying the interaction of text and image, word and music, the points of contact between the worlds of science and the arts, of politics, philosophy and literature, exchanges across national and linguistic boundaries, or across the artificial divisions of 'one' century. 
Inclusive, interdisciplinary and international, this volume embodies the principles which inspired the creation of SVEC by Theodore Besterman in 1955; it investigates our changing images of writers and writing to the categories in which we may try to confine them, from 'Voltaire' to the 'eighteenth century'. The Eighteenth century now suggests our sense of identification with the period, the vibrancy of present research in both individual and collaborative projects, and the promise of immediacy and exchange in the electronic age. But it also evokes the boundaries which remain, financial, institutional, intellectual, and which present the challenge of the future. Its aim is as much to provoke thought as to provide answers, to stimulate as well as to celebrate.

''a lively testament to the healthy state of eighteenth-century studies [...] the volume offers a summa of the current state of those studies, with articles by a team of leading authorities not just covering well-established author, genres, themes and disciplines, but also their less familiar emerging offshoots.'
Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyrights Page5
List of illustrations8
JONATHAN MALLINSON, The eighteenth century now: reading beyond the lines12
I. Defamiliarising a canon22
NICHOLAS CRONK, Inventing Voltaire24
MARIAN HOBSON, Diderot and oblivion / Diderot in the future tense47
JACQUES BERCHTOLD, Du nouveau dans les études rousseauistes? A propos de l’approche thématique62
DAVID COWARD, Adventures of the novel73
SIMON DAVIES, Poetry reborn85
PHILIP ROBINSON, Eighteenth-century theatre: the triumph of parody97
DANIEL BREWER, Remembering the Encyclopédie111
II. Discovering new worlds124
MARIE-LAURE GIROU SWIDERSKI et SUZAN VAN DIJK, La littérature au féminin126
SHELLY CHARLES, Traduire au dix-huitième siècle144
FRANÇOIS MOUREAU, Le voyageur français et les étranges étrangers: bilan d’études sur le siècle des Lumières159
ANTHONY STRUGNELL, Colonialism and its discourses171
JEAN SGARD, L’univers des journaux182
LISE ANDRIES, Réflexions sur la notion de littérature populaire193
ANTONY McKENNA, Les manuscrits philosophiques clandestins203
MARK LEDBURY, Imagining the Salon: mapping art criticism in the eighteenth century216
III. Crossing boundaries232
PHILIP STEWART, L’illustration du roman au dix-huitième siècle234
MICHAEL O’DEA, ‘Visions inintelligibles’ et ‘vérités apocalyptiques’: théorie et pratique de l’opéra franc¸ ais245
YANNICK SÉITÉ, Le livre des Lumières et son étude258
JEAN-PAUL SERMAIN, La rhétorique dans l’histoire culturelle, la pensée et les textes littéraires du dix-huitième siècle282
ANNE VILA, Getting cultural: new perspectives in eighteenth-century science studies292
CATHERINE LARRÈRE, De la politique des Lumières à celle de la modernité303
GIUSEPPI RICUPERATI, Définir les Lumières: centres et périphéries du point de vue européen, cosmopolite et italien314
MICHEL DELON, Questions de périodisation333