Rethinking Enlightenment: Conference on Forgotten Women Writers of Eighteenth Century France

Date: 

Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00pm

Location: 

Houghton Library

Rethinking EnlightenmentPresented by: Houghton Library and the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Harvard University

Admission: Free and Open to the Public: Register online

Friday, March 23, 2018, 2-5 pm

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The French Enlightenment is famous for its intellectual innovations, but it is remembered largely as a male endeavor. This conference delves deeper into the works of women showcased in the groundbreaking Houghton Library exhibition Rethinking Enlightenment: Forgotten Women Writers of Eighteenth Century France (on view through April 28), who participated in the Enlightenment’s intellectual and political transformations but were excluded from histories of the period until recently. Join us for presentations from six scholars who are challenging the male-dominated narrative as they offer detailed analyses of the historical sources and historiography of these women and chart future directions for the field. The conference will include a viewing of the exhibition and related collection items, and will be followed by a reception.

Speakers

Martine Reid, Université de Lille

Vicki E. Mistacco, Wellesley College

Christie McDonald, Harvard University

Matthew Barfield, Harvard University

Caleb Shelburne, Harvard University

Henry Shreffler, Harvard University

Co-sponsored by Houghton Library and the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Harvard University