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The Business of Theater in Eighteenth-Century France and Its Colonies
Lauren R. Clay
Stagestruck traces the making of a vibrant French theater industry between the reign of Louis XIV and the French Revolution.

The Enlightenment in Practice
Academic Prize Contests and Intellectual Culture in France, 1670–1794
Jeremy L. Caradonna
Jeremy L. Caradonna draws on archives both in Paris and the provinces of France to show that thousands of individuals participated in intellectual competitions during the Enlightenment.

A Natural History of Revolution
Violence and Nature in the French Revolutionary Imagination, 1789–1794
Mary Ashburn Miller
The use of nature metaphors in explaining and justifying the excesses of the French Revolutions.

Novel Translations
The European Novel and the German Book, 1680–1730
Bethany Wiggin
Wiggins charts just one of the paths by which newness—in its avatars as fashion, novelties, and the novel—entered the European world in the decades around 1700. As readers across Europe snapped up novels, they domesticated the genre.

Vico and Naples
The Urban Origins of Modern Social Theory
Barbara Ann Naddeo
An intellectual portrait of the Neapolitan philosopher as a figure deeply engaged in the political life of his city.

Trading Places
Colonization and Slavery in Eighteenth-Century French Culture
Madeleine Dobie
Dobie explores the place of the colonial world in the culture of the French Enlightenment, tracing the displacement of colonial questions onto two familiar aspects of Enlightenment thought: Orientalism and fascination with Amerindian cultures.

Mourning Happiness
Narrative and the Politics of Modernity
Vivasvan Soni
"A work of rare scope and power that grapples with the big questions: Is happiness the proper end of life, as the Greeks conceived it to be, or is life, as it appears since the early English novel, an endless trial?"—Adam Potkay

Homeless Dogs and Melancholy Apes
Humans and Other Animals in the Modern Literary Imagination
Laura Brown
Brown shows how the literary works of the 18th century use animal-kind to bring abstract philosophical, ontological, and metaphysical questions into the realm of everyday experience, difference, hierarchy, intimacy, diversity, and...

Castorland Journal
An Account of the Exploration and Settlement of New York State by French Émigrés in the Years 1793 to 1797
Simon Desjardins, Pierre Pharoux
The Castorland Journal is a diary, a travel narrative about early New York, a work of autobiography, and a narrative of a dramatic and complex period in American history. In 1792 Parisian businessmen and speculators established the New York Company...

Signs of Light
French and British Theories of Linguistic Communication, 1648–1789
Matthew Lauzon
Lauzon traces the development of very different French and British ideas about language over the course of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and demonstrates how important these ideas were to emerging notions of of national character.

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