Reinventing Voltaire

The Politics of Commemoration in Nineteenth-century France

Stephen Bird

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ISBN: 9780729407427

Publication: September 1, 2000

Series: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2000:09

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How was Voltaire's legacy seen in France between 1830 and 1900? To what extent did the nineteenth century reinvent Voltaire? Viewed during these years through the distorting lens of the French Revolution, Voltaire was vilified and venerated in roughly equal measure: as an icon of republican anticlericalism on the one hand, and a deeply Christian reformer on the other. This wide-ranging study uses the rich sources of the Parisian periodical and daily press to examine the evolution of Voltaire's legacy as it was contested through caricature and statuary as much as through editions and criticism of his works.

List of illustrations

Acknowledgements 

Introduction

I Politicising Voltaire 

II Le Siècle and the subscription campaign of 1867: the first open-air statue of Voltaire

III Exhibiting Voltaire in the public sphere: the iconographic tradition

IV Working-class editions and their readership

V Voltaire in the classroom

Conclusion 

Select list of works cited

Index

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

257 Pages

Copyright: © 2000

ISBN: 9780729407427

Publication: September 1, 2000

Series: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2000:09

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