Early Modern France

  • Founded
    2005
  • Seminar Number
    707

The focus of the seminar is the cultural and intellectual history of early modern France (from 1500 to 1800) and the approach is interdisciplinary. The seminar includes literature scholars, historians, and philosophers. It meets at least once a month. The current format, which has proven very successful, consists in circulating a relatively short piece written by the invited speaker among the group members and discussing it at the meeting. Thus, instead of a formal talk followed by a few questions, there is an in-depth, 90-minute conversation.


Co-Chairs
Pierre Force
pf3@columbia.edu

Professor Joanna R. Stalnaker
jrs2052@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Celia Abele
cla2136@columbia.edu


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

Welcome

Meetings

10/12/2016 Maison Francaise (Buell Hall), Columbia University
6:00 PM
Literary topology: Reflections on commonplaces and contingency
Carsten Meiner, University of Copenhagen and Columbia University
Abstract




11/10/2016 Maison Francaise (Buell Hall), Columbia University
6:00 PM
Revisiting Le Monde des Salons
Elena Russo, Johns Hopkins University
Abstract




11/30/2016 Maison Francaise (Buell Hall), Columbia University
6:00 PM
Rousseau’s Late Botany: Living to the End
Pierre Saint-Amand, Yale University
Abstract




02/13/2017 Maison Francaise (Buell Hall), Columbia University
6:00 PM
Missing Women: On the Riddle of Gender Relations in Rabelais’ Fiction
François Cornilliat, Rutgers University
Abstract




03/22/2017 Maison Francaise (Buell Hall), Columbia University
6:00 PM
Montaigne ‘Métis’: ‘De l’utile et de l’honnête’
Philippe Desan, University of Chicago
Abstract




04/19/2017 Maison Francaise (Buell Hall), Columbia University
6:00 PM
The Property of Persons
Natasha Lee, Fordham University
Abstract