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Religion, Ethics, and History in the French Long Seventeenth Century - La Religion, la morale, et l’histoire à l’âge classique

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William Brooks and Rainer Zaiser

In June 2006 delegates from eight countries representing six French, US, and British-based learned societies met at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, for a conference on the French long seventeenth century entitled ‘Modernités/Modernities’. Twenty of the best papers on religion, ethics and history were selected for this volume, and they present new perspectives on topics as diverse as devotion and pornography, artifice and the pursuit of truth, Bruscambille and Pascal, historiography from the sixteenth century to Voltaire, and, of course, the Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes.
En juin 2006 un colloque sur le thème de la modernité pendant l’âge classique a réuni à St Catherine’s College, Oxford des spécialistes venus de huit pays pour représenter six sociétés savantes dont quatre françaises, une américaine, et une britannique. Vingt communications choisies parmi les meilleures sont recueillies dans le présent volume, sur des sujets aussi divers que la dévotion et la pornographie, l’artifice et la recherche de la vérité, Bruscambille et Pascal, l’historiographie tant du seizième siècle que de Voltaire et, bien entendu, la Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes.

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Notes on Contributors Corinne Bayerl, who teaches in the Department of Romance Lan- guages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, is currently com- pleting her thesis on Pierre Nicole and Cartesian Augustinianism. Christian Belin is Professor of Seventeenth-Century French Literature at the Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier. He works particularly on the relationship between literature and theology in the seventeenth century, and in 2002 published La conversation intérieure. La médi- tation en France au XVIIe siècle (Paris: Champion). He is currently preparing a book on the body in the seventeenth century. Mathilde Bombart, agrégée de Lettres modernes, possesses a doctorate in French literature and civilisation (Université de Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle). She is the author of Guez de Balzac et la querelle des Lettres. Écriture, polémique et critique dans la France du premier XVIIe siècle (Paris: Champion, 2007), and is currently preparing a volume on ‘les pratiques d’écriture et de lecture à clef’. William Brooks, Professor of French in the University of Bath, was until recently the editor of Seventeenth-Century French Studies. His book Artists’ Images and the Self-Descriptions of Elisabeth Charlotte, Duchess of Orleans (1652-1722), the Second Madame, has just ap- peared, and he is now writing a book on Quinault’s spoken theatre. Alain Cantillon is maître de conférences at the Université Paris III– Sorbonne Nouvelle. A specialist in Pascal and Port-Royal, he recently published ‘Qu’importe qui parle, de qui, et à qui dans les Provin- ciales?’, in Littératures...

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