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One-day conference: Epistolary Friendships in Eighteenth-Century Europe

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Web conference Paris / Brest
Date: 10 December 2020
Contact: alain.kerherve@univ-brest.fr
To registrate, contact marie-laure.trebaul@univ-brest.fr

Thinking about letter-writing, epistolary friendships and models of sociability in eighteenth-century Europe

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.

For more information, contact: alain.kerherve@univ-brest.fr, isabelle.le-pape@bnf.fr and mascha.hansen@uni-greifswald.de

Programme:

9h00 Accueil

9h30 Session 1 : Amitié et politique
Sabrina Juillet (Paris 13)
TNA SP54 letters collection: a friendly scheme to create unity between the Scottish clans in the Highlands and the rest of Great Britain?

Véronique Léonard-Roques (UBO)
Fiction de la correspondance amicale dans Letters Written in France in Summer 1790 to a Friend in England de Helen Maria Williams

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11h00 Session 2: Amitié, famille et littérature
Mascha Hansen (Greifswald)
Family and friendship from the point of view of Lady Hester Pitt, countess of Chatham

Catherine Thomas-Ripault (UBO)
Partage, influences et tractations : l’amitié littéraire dans la correspondance entre Gustave Flaubert et Ernest Feydeau

Adnana Sava
Friends and foes: the impact of epistolary and literary exchanges on the evolution of the eighteenth-century English novel.

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14h00 Session 3 : Horace Walpole
Marianne-Charrier-Vozel (Rennes 1)
L’amitié épistolaire entre Mme du Deffand et H. Walpole ou comment « se rendre à l’anglomanie »

Isabelle Le Pape (BNF)
La diffusion du jardin anglais dans la correspondance d'Horace Walpole

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15h30 Table ronde : amitiés épistolaires et archives : Mascha Hansen (Greifswald), Clotilde Prunier (Université Paris Nanterre), Alain Kerhervé (UBO), Kimberley Page-Jones (UBO)

17h00 Rencontre Gallica : Luc Menapace sur les collections BNF relatives aux jardins anglais.