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Duke University

Bravo to Michèle Longino for the publication of her most recent book, French Travel Writing in the Ottoman Empire: Marseille-Constantinople (1650-1700), which came out with Routledge Press in March 2015. A description of the book is copied below:                      

French Travel Writing in the Ottoman Empire: Marseille - Constantinople (1650-1700)

Examining the history of the French experience of the Ottoman world and Turkey, this comparative study visits the accounts of early modern travelers for the insights they bring to the field of travel writing. The journals of contemporaries Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, Jean Thévenot, Laurent D’Arvieux, Guillaume-Joseph Grelot, Jean Chardin, and Antoine Galland reveal a rich corpus of political, social, and cultural elements relating to the Ottoman Empire at the time, enabling an appreciation of the diverse shapes that travel narratives can take at a distinct historical juncture. Longino examines how these writers construct themselves as authors, characters, and individuals in keeping with the central human project of individuation in the early modern era, also marking the differences that define each of these travelers – the shopper, the envoy, the voyeur, the arriviste, the ethnographer, the merchant. She shows how these narratives complicate and alter political and cultural paradigms in the fields of Mediterranean studies, 17th-century French studies, and cultural studies, arguing for their importance in the canon of early modern narrative forms, and specifically travel writing. The first study to examine these travel journals and writers together, this book will be of interest to a range of scholars covering travel writing, French literature, and history.

Routledge – 2015 – 180 pages

Series: Routledge Research in Travel Writing 

2 years 12 weeks ago
York University, Toronto

Luke Arnason wishes to announce a new endeavor to which he welcomes feedback and/or questions from our community. Luke has recently launched a YouTube channel devoted to harpsichord music. The channel, currently in the early stages of development, features two pieces by François Couperin along with a channel trailer. The long-term goal is to make the channel a platform for "vulgarising" the harpsichord that will include the following : harpsichord appreciation tutorials (how does the instrument, and the music written for it, work? What makes great harpsichord pieces great? What should you listen for?); recordings with running visual commentary on elements of interpretation, and discussion on interpretation of the pieces ; recordings of modern harpsichord music designed to attract viewers that have no knowledge of harpsichord repertoire, and to use their curiosity about modern pieces to introduce them to "proper" harpsichord repertoire (first on the list: the Tower of Karazhan from World of Warcraft).

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHi5k0IukyRnYlyC56QF25g

2 years 12 weeks ago

Congratulations to the authors featured in the newest volume (XVI, 1) of the Cahiers du dix-septième :

http://se17.bowdoin.edu/cahiers-dix-septieme/2015-volume-xvi-1

Table of Contents

Alison Calhoun.  Corneille’s Andromède and Opera: Practice Before Theory ..........................1

Nathalie Freidel.  La ruse du nom, machination rhétorique dans Amphitryon de Molière ...... 18

Ralph Albanese.  Ruses et stratégies discursives dans L’Ecole des Maris  ..................................35

Christophe Schuwey.  Le Mercure galant : un recueil interactif ...................................................48

Herbert Morris.   The Absent and Present Serpent in Nicolas Poussin’s Spring ...........................63

Henry Cohen.  Racine’s Esther: In Praise of Historiographers and Historians ............................77

Sylvie Romanowski.  Teaching the Seventeenth Century at the Graduate Level .........................93

BOOK REVIEWS

Braider, Christopher. The Matter of Mind: Reason and Experience in the Age of Descartes. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4426-4348-2. Pp. 340.   Reviewed by Ellen McClure..........................................................................109

Randall, Catharine. The Wisdom of Animals: Creatureliness in Early Modern French Spirituality.  Notre Dame, IN:  University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.  ISBN 978-0-268-04035-2. Pp. 178.   Reviewed by Jean Leclerc.................................................111

Winn, Colette H., ed. Teaching French Women Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2011. ISBN 978-1-60329-089-0. Pp. viii & 440.  Reviewed by Kathleen Llewellyn.........................................................................113

 

 

 

 

 

2 years 12 weeks ago

Congratulations to the authors featured in the newest volume of Early Modern French Studies (Volume 37, Issue 1, July 2015).

*Please note that effective January 2015, Seventeenth-Century French Studies changed its title to Early Modern French Studies to reflect an expansion in scope.*

http://www.maneyonline.com/toc/emf/37/1

Valérie M. Dionne, “Le Sourire canin de Montaigne et de La Mothe le Vayer, ou la vertu cynique du libertin”

Michael Meere, “Theatres of Torture: Martyrs, Pagans, and the Politics of Conversion in Early Seventeenth-Century France”

Tatiana Senkevitch, “The Portrait of the King’s Minister and the State of Collaboration”

Helena Taylor, “Ovid, Galanterie, and Politics in Madame de Villedieu’s Les Exilés de la cour d’Auguste”

Jean-Alexandre Perras, “Le ‘Siècle de la frivolité’: sur l’invention d’un lieu commun au XVIIIe siècle”

2 years 12 weeks ago
Royal Holloway, University of London

Bravo to Joseph Harris for his article in the most recent volume of French Studies:

"‘Dying of the Fifth Act’: Corneille's (Un)Natural Deaths"

French Studies (2015) 69 (3): 289-304 

http://fs.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/05/19/fs.knv075.abstract

2 years 12 weeks ago
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Bravo à Rainer pour l'édition de son dernier numéro de PFSCL!

http://periodicals.narr.de/index.php/papers_on_french

2 years 14 weeks ago
University of New England (Australia)

Congratulations to Bernard J. Bourque for his book: All the Abbé’s Women. Power and Misogyny in Seventeenth-Century France, through the Writings of Abbé d’Aubignac (Tübingen: Narr Verlag, 2015). [ISBN: 978-3-8233-6974-5]

 

2 years 15 weeks ago
Boston University

H-FranceReview Vol. 15 (May 2015), No. 72

 

Tuomas Tikanoja, Transgressing Boundaries: Worldly Conversation, Politeness and Sociability in Ancien Régime France, 1660-1789. Helsinki: Tuomas Tikanoja, 2013. 277 pp. Notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 978-952-93-2685-3.

 

 

Review by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith, Boston University:

http://www.h-france.net/vol15reviews/vol15no72goldsmith.pdf

 
2 years 16 weeks ago
Yale University

H-France Review Vol. 15 (June 2015), No. 79

 

Nicholas Hammond and Michael Moriarty, eds., Evocations of Eloquence: Rhetoric, Literature and Religion in Early Modern France. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2012. viii + 364 pp. Notes and index. $73.95 U.S. (pb). ISBN 978-0343-0849-6 

 

 

Review by Christopher Semk, Yale University.

http://www.h-france.net/vol15reviews/vol15no79semk.pdf
2 years 16 weeks ago
UC Berkeley

H-France Review Vol. 15 (June 2015), No. 82

 

Anna Arzoumanov, Pour lire les clefs de l’Ancien Régime. Anatomie d’un protocole interprétatif. Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2013. 533 pp. Notes, annex, bibliography, and indexes. 73 € (cl). ISBN 978-2-8124-1426-8; 48 € (p). ISBN 978-2-8124-1425-1

 

 

Review by Nicholas D. Paige, University of California, Berkeley:

http://www.h-france.net/vol15reviews/vol15no82paige.pdf

 
2 years 16 weeks ago