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BnF workshop: Epistolary Friendships in Eighteenth-Century Europe


Bibliothèque nationale de France
20 November 2019 (9:30 - 17:15)
Rencontres de Gallica (17:30 - 18:30)
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Thinking about letter-writing, epistolary friendships and models of sociability in eighteenth-century Europe

This workshop will give DIGITENS members working on letter-writing the opportunity to discuss the material they collected and analysed during their secondment at BnF or TNA.

We will think about how epistolary networks in the eighteenth-century shaped an idea of friendship or intimacy and how personal and intimate letters reflected (new) models of enlightenment sociability. We will also discuss what political, social, religious or economic challenges affected letter-writing in the long eighteenth-century, disrupting channels of distribution, friendships or family circles.

The workshop will conclude with a talk by Isabelle Le Pape for Les Rencontres de Gallica on the topic: "Amitiés épistolaires entre la France et l'Angleterre" (from 17:30 - 19:00)
You are all very welcome to join us! The program is online.

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