Peripheries of the Enlightenment

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Peripheries of the Enlightenment

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2008:01


January 16th, 2008

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‘Enlightenment’ is a universal concept, but its meaning is most clearly revealed by seeing how it was engaged with, reconfigured or rejected, on a local level. Peripheries of the Enlightenment seeks to rethink the ‘centre/periphery’ model, and to consider the Enlightenment as a more widely spread movement with national, regional and local varieties, focusing on activity as much as ideas.
The debate is introduced by two chapters which explore the notion of periphery from vantage points at the very heart of ‘enlightened’ Europe: Ferney and Geneva. Through thirteen ensuing chapters, the interaction between ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘periphery’ is explored in a variety of spatial and temporal contexts ranging from Mexico to Russia. Drawing on urban and provincial as well as national case studies, contributors argue that we can learn at least as much about the Enlightenment from commentators at the geographical and cultural borders of the ‘enlightened’ world as from its most radical theorists in its early epicentres.
Crossing the boundaries between histories of literature, religion, science and political and economic thought, Peripheries of the Enlightenment is not only international in its outlook but also interdisciplinary in its scope, and offers readers a new and more global vision of the Enlightenment.

'The strength of this book lies in the excellent quality of the individual studies and in the diversity of the experiences of the Enlightenment which it offers, stripping away the barriers created by linguistic, political and cultural divisions.'
Eighteenth-century Ireland

'[…] this is a rich and thought-provoking collection. Butterwick’s hope that he can ‘persuade dix-huitiémistes that study of the peripheries of the Enlightenment yields insights into the movement as a whole’ (p.16) is well founded.'
Slavonic and East European Review

Author Information

Simon Davies was formerly Professor of Enlightenment Studies and the founding Director of the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. He is the assistant Director of the correspondence of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (Electronic Enlightenment) and the general editor of two volumes of Bernardin’s Complete Works (Garnier).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
Contents 6
List of abbreviations10
Peripheries of the Enlightenment: an introduction12
Whither/wither France: Voltaire’s view from Ferney28
French periphery, European centre: eighteenth-century Geneva and its contribution to the Enlightenment40
Was there an Irish Enlightenment? The case of the Anglicans60
Political economy and the ‘feudal system’ in Enlightenment Naples: outline of a problem76
Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Swedish eyes around 176098
Enlightened self-interest: the development of an entre preneurialculture within the Hungarian elite116
The view from Mount Pleasant: Enlightenment in late eighteenth-century Liverpool130
Grub Street revolutionaries: marginal writers at the Enlightenment’s periphery?156
Varieties of Enlightenment: the Enlightenment and Irish political culture in the age of revolutions174
An ilustrado in his province: Jovellanos in Asturias194
Between Anti-Enlightenment and enlightened Catholicism: provincial preachers in late-eighteenth-century Poland Lithuania212
‘Prosveshchenie’: Enlightenment in eighteenth-century Russia240
The Gazeta de Literatura de México and the edge of reason: when is a periphery not a periphery?262
Tea and national history? Ann Yearsley, John Thelwall and the late-eighteenth-century provincial English epic276
The Enlightenment from the German periphery: Johann Herder’s reinterpretation of the Enlightenment292