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Peripheries of the Enlightenment
Volume: SVEC 2008:01
Series editor: Jonathan Mallinson
Volume editor(s): Richard Butterwick, Simon Davies, Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa,
Date of publication: January 2008

Pagination: ix + 340 pp., pb (broché)

Price: £60 / €74 / $101

  ISBN-13: 978-0-7294-0926-1
ISSN: 0435-2866

Description: Contributors approach the 'peripheries' of the Enlightenment from a historical and literary-historical perspective and discuss its ideas, its applications, its critics and the word 'Enlightenment' itself. The idea of a 'periphery' is similarly examined for national, provincial and urban contexts ranging from Mexico to Russia, and from Voltaire's peripheral perch at Ferney to the provincial pulpits of outspoken critics of the 'enlightened age'.

List of abbreviations
Richard Butterwick, Peripheries of the Enlightenment: an introduction
Simon Davies, Whither/wither France: Voltaire’s view from Ferney
Graham Gargett, French periphery, European centre: eighteenth-century Geneva and its contribution to the Enlightenment
Michael Brown, Was there an Irish Enlightenment? The case of the Anglicans
John Robertson, Political economy and the ‘feudal system’ in Enlightenment Naples: outline of a problem
Marie-Christine Skuncke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Swedish eyes around 1760
Orsolya Szakály, Enlightened self-interest: the development of an entrepreneurial culture within the Hungarian elite
Martin Fitzpatrick, The view from Mount Pleasant: Enlightenment in late eighteenth-century Liverpool
Simon Burrows, Grub Street revolutionaries: marginal writers at the Enlightenment’s periphery?
Ultán Gillen, Varieties of Enlightenment: the Enlightenment and Irish political culture in the age of revolutions
Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa, An ilustrado in his province: Jovellanos in Asturias
Richard Butterwick, Between Anti-Enlightenment and enlightened Catholicism: provincial preachers in late eighteenth-century Poland-Lithuania
Simon Dixon, 'Prosveshchenie’: Enlightenment in eighteenth-century Russia
Fiona Clark, The Gazeta de Literatura de México and the edge of reason: when is a periphery not a periphery?
Lynda Pratt, Tea and national history? Ann Yearsley, John Thelwall and the late eighteenth-century provincial English epic
Peter Hanns Reill, The Enlightenment from the German periphery: Johann Herder’s reinterpretation of the Enlightenment

Collaborator list: Michael Brown, University of Aberdeen; Simon Burrows, University of Leeds; Richard Butterwick, University College London; Fiona Clark, Queen’s University Belfast; Simon Davies, Queen’s University Belfast; Simon Dixon, University of Leeds; Martin Fitzpatrick, University of Wales, Aberystwyth; Graham Gargett, University of Ulster; Ultán Gillen, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London; Lynda Pratt, University of Nottingham; Peter Hanns Reill, University of California, Los Angeles, CA; John Robertson, St Hugh’s College, Oxford; Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa, Queen’s University Belfast; Marie-Christine Skuncke, University of Uppsala; Orsolya Szakály, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest.