Simon Burrows: “Enlightenment Best-Sellers: the Foreign, the Forbidden and the Forgotten”

  • Datum: –18.00
  • Plats: Carolina Rediviva: inre tidskriftsläsesalen
  • Arrangör: Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen, forskningsnoden "Mediehistoria 1750-1850" och Uppsala universitetsbibliotek
  • Kontaktperson: Ann Öhrberg
  • Seminarium

Tvärvetenskapligt 1700-talsseminarium i Uppsala i samarbete med forskningsnoden "Mediehistoria 1750-1850" och Uppsala universitetsbibliotek

Professor Simon BURROWS, Sydney: “Enlightenment Best-Sellers: the Foreign, the Forbidden and the Forgotten”

Seminariet leds från 1700-talsseminariets sida av docent Ann Öhrberg

Postseminarium i Universitetsbibliotekets lunchrum. Anmälan till postseminariet senast 23 november till Annika Windahl-Pontén, Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen bjuder på enklare förtäring. Vin till självkostnadspris. Obs – ingen anmälan behövs om man bara vill delta i själva seminariet.

Daniel Mornet’s celebrated question ‘What did the French read before the revolution?’ has both inspired and frustrated historians for over a century. The problem of reconstructing popular reading, and recovering the true best-sellers of the old regime, must be approached on an industrial, ‘big data’ scale, and this is now feasible through the application of digital technologies to historical bibliometric research. At the forefront of these efforts is the ‘French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe’ project, which having first recorded the entire trade of iconic Swiss publisher the Société typographique de Neuchâtel in database form, is now gathering further data from a complex range of sources spanning all sections of the French book trade in the period 1769-1789: the legal, the pirate and the clandestine, fiction and non-fiction, from religious works to practical manuals, and politics to poetry. As a result, we can now for the first time sketch the contours of the entire francophone book market and identify the true forgotten and forbidden best-sellers of pre-revolutionary France. The results of this survey, at once surprising and provocative, force us to confront a forgotten intellectual universe anew and radically revise our concept of enlightenment culture and society.