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The Latin language and the Enlightenment

Title
The Latin language and the Enlightenment / edited by Floris Verhaart and Laurence Brockliss.
ISBN
9781802077735
1802077731
9781802076769
Publication
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press on behalf of Voltaire Foundation, Unviersity of Oxford, [2023]
Copyright Notice Date
©2023
Physical Description
xi, 421 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes quotations in French.
Includes quotations in Latin, some with English translation.
"The basis of this volume was formed by a colloquium, 'Latin Enlightenment', organised by the editors and Stephen Harrison (University of Oxford) at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on 20 April 2017. Most of the essays in this volume started life as papers presented at this colloquium ..."--Page xi.
Biographical / Historical Note
"Floris Verhaart is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Warwick."--Page 4 of printed paper wrapper.
"Laurence Brockliss is Emeritus Professor of early modern French history at the University of Oxford."--Page 4 of printed paper wrapper.
Summary
The long eighteenth century is often seen as the age 'when Europe spoke French'. After all, many of the leading figures of the Enlightenment were French and even a good number of authors in other countries chose this language to reach an audience beyond the borders of their homeland. Latin may have served a similar purpose in the Renaissance, but by the eighteenth century its importance quickly declined. This view is simplistic and misleading and this volume seeks to refute it. The essays presented in this book demonstrate Latin continued to play a highly important role during the long eighteenth century, both within Europe and in interactions between the 'West' and the rest of the world. It sheds light on the reasons why Latin remained a key factor in eighteenth-century culture, as well as the contexts in which it was used. In so doing, this volume makes a significant contribution to current debates on the nature of the Enlightenment and its place in global history. -- Provided by publisher.
"The long eighteenth century is often seen as the age 'when Europe spoke French'. After all, many of the leading figures of the Enlightenment were French and even a good number of authors in other countries chose this language to reach an audience beyond the borders of their homeland. Latin may have served a similar purpose in the Renaissance, but by the eighteenth century its importance had started to quickly decline. This view is simplistic and misleading, and this volume seeks to refute it. The essays presented in this book demonstrate how Latin continued to play a highly important role during the long eighteenth century, both within Europe and in interactions between the 'west' and the rest of the world. It sheds light on the reasons why Latin remained a key factor in eighteenth-century culture, as well as the contexts in which it was used. In so doing, this volume makes a significant contribution to current debates on the nature of the Enlightenment and its place in global history."--Page 4 of printed paper wrapper.
Other formats
ebook version :
Format
Books
Language
English; French; Latin
Added to Catalog
September 15, 2023
Series
Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment ; 2023:07.
Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment, 2023:07
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-408) and index.
Contents
(from table of contents) (Introduction). Latin and the Enlightenment / Floris Verhaart
The empire of Latin / Laurence Brockliss
(Constructing identity). A humanist identity in an enlightened age: Neo-Latin poetry, canon building and the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns in the Dutch Republic / Floris Verhaart
Enlightened tendencies in eighteenth-century school theatre: the dramatic œuvre of Joseph Resch / Simon Wirthensohn
Creole Latin legacies and the European Enlightenment / Andrew Laird
Latin public, Latin literature and Latin nationalism in eighteenth-century Hungary / Stefan Tilg
(Authority). Locating Latin in the heterodox exchanges of Enlightenment England: Toland and his critics / Katherine A. East
'Non interpres, sed poeta': William Jones and his 'Ode Sinica' / John T. Gilmore
(Development of new ideas and knowledge). The uses of Latin in Madame Dacier's Greek scholarship: a story of emancipation / Malika Bastin-Hammou
Latin critical theory in the early eighteenth century / Matthew Fox
Vico among the critics: Latin and philology in the gestation of the 'Scienza nuova' / Nicholas Mithen
Mapping diseases and dissecting landscapes: Giovan Battista Morgagni's Latin prose from the 'Adversaria anatomica' to the 'Epistolae Aemilianae' / Alessandro Ottaviani
(Diffusion and reception of ideas). Humanism and scientific invention in the Neo-Latin poetry of Enlightenment England / Estelle Haan
Newton in Latin: an Enlightenment author and his European audience / Scott Mandelbrote
Lecture notes from Leuven University 1750-1793: the scientific Enlightenment in the eighteenth-century classroom? / Jan Papy
Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Latin dissertations from Sweden, c.1755-1815 / Elena Dahlberg
'Ab omni verborum obscoenitate purgata?': Latin obscenities, audiences and humanism in the French Enlightenment / Daniel Wendt.
Genre/Form
History.
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