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A reminder about the publication of our most recent issue of the Cahiers du 17ème siecle, which features articles by Sarah Madry, Jennifer Perlmutter, Deborah Steinberger, and Vincent Grégoire, as well as book reviews for works by Michael Call (review by Ralph Albanese), Michael Meere (review by Chris Semk), and Eric Turcat (review by Marie-Alix de Richemont).

Congratulations to all of the authors, as well as to the editorial team!

The full issue is available here.

1 year 22 weeks ago
Harvard University

Sylvaine Guyot has recently published two pieces that will be of interest to our group. The first -- "Opacity of Theater: Reading Racine with and against Louis Marin" -- has just appeared in the current issue of the Modern Language Quarterly (June 2016, 77.2). An abstract and a link to the article are available here.

The second -- "Discours de l'ennui et visions interstitielles au Grand Siècle: La Palatine à la Cour" -- was published in XVIIe Siècle (2016, vol 2). The abstract and full article are accessible here. Congratutions to Sylvaine for the publications!



1 year 22 weeks ago
University of Georgia

Many congratuluations to our SE-17 founder, Francis Assaf, on his recent retirement from the University of Georgia! 

1 year 31 weeks ago
Michigan State University

Félicitations à Valentina Denzel pour la parution de son nouveau livre,

Les Mille et Un Visages de la virago - Marphise et Bradamente, entre continuation et variation,

qui vient de paraître chez Classiques Garnier. 

Dans son épopée Roland furieux, Ludovico Ariosto met en valeur l'ambivalence de guerrières, Marphise et Bradamante, oscillant entre prouesse et défaite, féminité et virilité. Leur caractère multiforme favorise leur adaptation à d'autres genres littéraires, à part l'épopée, comme la tragédie ou le roman.

La table des matières est disponible ici . 

1 year 32 weeks ago
Hope College

Congratulations are in order to Anne Larsen, whose book 

Anna Maria Van Schurman, 'The Star of Utrecht': The Educational Vision and Reception of a Savante

has just been published in Routledge's series on Women and Gender in the Early Modern World.

A description and chapter headings are copied below:

Dutch Golden Age scholar Anna Maria van Schurman was widely regarded throughout the seventeenth century as the most learned woman of her age. She was 'The Star of Utrecht','The Dutch Minerva','The Tenth Muse', 'a miracle of her sex', 'the incomparable Virgin', and 'the oracle of Utrecht'. As the first woman ever to attend a university, she was also the first to advocate, boldly, that women should be admitted into universities. A brilliant linguist, she mastered some fifteen languages. She was the first Dutch woman to seek publication of her correspondence. Her letters in several languages Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and French - to the intellectual men and women of her time reveal the breadth of her interests in theology, philosophy, medicine, literature, numismatics, painting, sculpture, embroidery, and instrumental music. This study addresses Van Schurman's transformative contribution to the seventeenth-century debate on women's education. It analyses, first, her educational philosophy; and, second, the transnational reception of her writings on women's education, particularly in France. Anne Larsen explores how, in advocating advanced learning for women, Van Schurman challenged the educational establishment of her day to allow women to study all the arts and the sciences. Her letters offer fascinating insights into the challenges that scholarly women faced in the early modern period when they sought to define themselves as intellectuals, writers, and thoughtful contributors to the social good.


Chapter Headings – Introduction: The Savante in Historical Context; 1. A Star is Born: The Education and Fame of a Savante; 2. The Savante, the Theologian, and the Philosopher; 3. Defending the Savante; 4. Translating the Savante; 5. Publishing the Savante; 6. Reception in France; 7. Reception in England; Epilogue; Appendix 1: Translated Latin Documents; Appendix 2: Eulogy of Anna Maria van Schurman by Isaac Bullart, 1682; Bibliography; Index. 343 pp.


1 year 32 weeks ago
Dartmouth College

Kathrina LaPorta's article "Diverting the Reader: Novel Strategies in the Conseil privé de Louis le Grand (1696)" has recently been published in Early Modern French Studies (Vol. 37, Issue 2). The piece is accessible online through the following link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20563035.2015.1117295

 An abstract is copied below:

The anonymous pamphlet Conseil privé de Louis le Grand (1696) subjects French monarch Louis XIV to scathing ridicule and denunciation. Interestingly, however, the pamphleteer frames his critique of absolutist politics within an entertaining narrative that deploys tropes from contemporary literary genres such as the historical novella and the historico-satirical novel. A poetics of diversion subtends the work, readable at the level of the plot as well as in the satirical mechanism employed in the text: not only does the Conseil privé de Louis le Grand incorporate scenes focusing on courtly diversions, but it also diverts readers in a more literal way by transforming the monarch into a source of amusement. Absolutism becomes grist to the mill of pamphleteering, and the king a product of authorial fantasy. The pamphleteer figures Louis the Great's privy council as a harem — a world of corruption, weakness, and ineptitude where the monarchy is painted in its imagined and unimaginable excesses. Studying this text through the lens of diversion offers a case study affirming the power of fiction as a weapon in the pamphleteer's arsenal.

1 year 38 weeks ago
Professor Emeritus CSU Long Beach

Félicitations à Stephen Fleck pour la parution de son nouveau livre, L’ultime Molière : Vers un théâtre éclaté (Tübingen, 2016).

Biblio 17, Vol. 213

Cette étude réexamine l’évolution du théâtre de Molière vers un spectacle  total, de plus en plus infusé de musique, de danse – et d’absurdité. Cette évolution incorpore les innovations précédentes de l’artiste en ce qui concerne la création théâtrale, tout en les transformant. L’évolution entraîne des changements profonds dans la nature des protagonistes, de l’intrigue, et de la vraisemblance, le tout mis au service d’une modernité spectaculaire et inouïe. Mais son développement ultérieur s’est vu brutalement couper court à cause de la mort soudaine de Molière; et une reconnaissance juste du degré d’innovation s’est vu retarder, en partie, à cause des peu nombreuses mises en scène – jusqu’au dernier quart de siècle – qui révèlent la brillance des contributions musicales et dansées. Maintenant, et largement grâce aux mises en scènes qui mettent de plus en plus en lumière la nature profondément collaborative de ces dernières oeuvres, une réexamination de leur nature s’impose.

1 year 41 weeks ago
Boston University
Jennifer Row, Assistant Professor of French  at Boston University was awarded the Solmsen Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for pre-1700 European studies. During her fellowship (2016-2017) she will be completing her book manuscript,Queer Velocities: Time, Sex, and the Early Modern Stage. Congratulations, Jennifer!


1 year 42 weeks ago
Kansas State University

Congratulations to Melinda Cro for her recent promotion to Associate Professor of French at Kansas State University!

1 year 46 weeks ago
University of Georgia

Please join me in congratulating Polly Mangerson who has recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor of French at DePaul University. Félicitations!

1 year 46 weeks ago