Diderot and European Culture

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Diderot and European Culture

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2006:09


September 1st, 2006

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The shift in the interpretation of eighteenth-century European culture over the last century provokes the questions: what meaning can be ascribed to that notion at the beginning of the twenty-first century? and how should we see Diderot’s response to it?
This collection of essays re-examines Diderot’s uniquely rich relationship with the intellectual life of European nations, and his crucial role in focusing, connecting and spreading its many strands. While sharing certain Eurocentric prejudices, he held a more liberated view of a common humanity and the universal nature of human aspirations. These essays explore his interest in those hybrid, borderline zones, where systems, hierarchies, and national or disciplinary boundaries come under productive stress. What emerges is the irreducibility of his writing, which resists incorporation into any officially sanctioned canon. The Diderot being created by today’s scholars is truly protean, not so much French, or even European, as global, a cultural icon for the modern age.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover 1
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
List of illustrations8
List of abbreviations12
I. The non-European otherSRINIVAS ARAVAMUDAN, Talking jewels and other oriental seductions28
ANDREW CURRAN, Diderot and the Encyclopédie’s construction of the black African 48
II. The European experience GIANLUIGI GOGGI, Diderot et la Russie: colonisation et civilisation. Projets et expérience directe 70
COLAS DUFLO, La statue du bon despote: Diderot et la figure de Pierre le Grand90
GIROLAMO IMBRUGLIA, Un voyage manqué: Diderot, Grimm et le mythe de Venise 100
ANTHONY STRUGNELL, An island race: Diderot’s deconstruction of English history116
III. Translating English thought FRÉDÉRIC OGÉE, Diderot and Richardson 130
JULIE CANDLER HAYES, Around 1740: Diderot and the subject of translation142
MARIAN HOBSON, Diderot, the European underground and English radical thought: filling out the gaps158
JOHN O’NEAL, Diderot and the Enlightenment’s poetics of confusion in the Lettre sur les aveugles172
IV. Constructing ‘Diderot’ NICHOLAS CRONK, Hobbes and Hume: determining voices in Jacques le fataliste et son maître 186
DANIEL BREWER, Diderot and the culture of belatedness196
JEAN-CLAUDE BOURDIN, Comment (ne pas) he´ riter de Diderot?210
List of works cited244