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La collection Transversales, dirigée par Annick Cossic aux Editions Le Manuscrit, rassemble les réflexions menées depuis 2009 sur la sociabilité en France et en Grande-Bretagne au Siècle des Lumières et comporte 6 tomes.

-Tome 1 : Les vecteurs d’une nouvelle sociabilité – entre ludique et politique (dir. Annick Cossic & Allan Ingram, 2012)

-Tome 2 : Les enjeux thérapeutiques et esthétiques de la sociabilité au XVIIIe siècle (dir. Annick Cossic & Hélène Dachez, avril 2013)

-Tome 3: Les espaces de sociabilité (dir. Valérie Capdeville & Eric Francalanza, mai 2014)

-Tome 4 : Utopie, individu et société : la sociabilité en question (dir. Allan Ingram & Norbert Col, juin 2015)

-Tome 5 : Sociabilités et esthétique de la marge (dir. Annick Cossic & Alain Kerhervé, mars 2016)

-Tome 6 : L'insociable sociabilité : résistances et résilience (dir. Katherine Aske et Kimberley Page-Jones, décembre 2017).

-Tome 7 : La Représentation et la réinvention des espaces de sociabilité au cours du long XVIIIe siècle  (dir. Annick Cossic et Emrys D. Jones, mars 2021).

- Tome 8 : Titre provisoire : "Cultural Transfers in European, Colonial and Global Contexts (1650-1850): the Circulation of Models of Sociability" (dir. Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding & Sophie Mesplède, en préparation).



- Valérie Capdeville & Alain Kerhervé (eds.), British Sociability in the Long Eighteenth Century: Challenging the Anglo-French Connection (Boydell & Brewer, UK, 2019).

This innovative collection explores how a distinctively British model of sociability developed in the period from the Restoration of Charles II to the early nineteenth century through a complex process of appropriation, emulation and resistance to what was happening in France and other parts of Europe.

- Abstract -
The study of sociability in the long eighteenth century has long been dominated by the example of France. In this innovative collection, we see how a distinctively British model of sociability developed in the period from the Restoration of Charles II to the early nineteenth century through a complex process of appropriation, emulation and resistance to what was happening in France and other parts of Europe.
The contributors use a wide range of sources - from city plans to letter-writing manuals, from the writings of Edmund Burke to poems and essays about the social practices of the tea table, and a variety of methodological approaches to explore philosophical, political and social aspects of the emergence of British sociability in this period. They create a rounded picture of sociability as it happened in public, private and domestic settings - in Masonic lodges and radical clubs, in painting academies and private houses - and compare specific examples and settings with equivalents in France, bringing out for instance the distinctively homo-social and predominantly masculine form of British sociability, the role of sociability within a wider national identity still finding its way after the upheaval of civil war and revolution in the seventeenth century, and the almost unique capacity of the British model of sociability to benefit from its own apparent tensions and contradictions.

VALÉRIE CAPDEVILLE is Senior Lecturer in British Civilisation at the University of Paris 13.

ALAIN KERHERVÉ is Professor of British Studies at the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines Victor Segalen, University of West Brittany (UBO Brest).

CONTRIBUTORS: Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire, Valérie Capdeville, Michèle Cohen, Norbert Col, Annick Cossic, Brian Cowan, Rémy Duthille, Markman Ellis, Allan Ingram, Emrys Jones, Alain Kerhervé, Elisabeth Martichou, Marie-Madeleine Martinet, Ian Newman, Jane Rendall

June 2019
10 black and white illustrations
320 pages
23.4 x 15.6 cm
Studies in the Eighteenth Century
ISBN: 9781783273591
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press



- Sebastian Domsch & Mascha Hansen (eds.), British Sociability in the European Enlightenment: Cultural Practices and Personal Encounters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).


Interrogates how sociable meetings between individuals of different cultures actually proceed, and which meetings proved to be meaningful or influential in the long run. Examines how British liberty and literature were admired and rejected, emulated and contested throughout Europe. Explores sociable encounters ending in mutual understanding and conflict alike.

- Abstract -
This volume covers a broad range of everyday private and public, touristic, commercial and fictional encounters between Britons and continental Europeans, in a variety of situations and places: moments that led to a meaningful exchange of opinions, practices, or concepts such as friendship or politeness. It argues that, taken together, travel accounts, commercial advice, letters, novels and philosophical works of the long eighteenth century, reveal the growing impact of British sociability on the sociable practices on the continent, and correspondingly, the convivial turn of the Enlightenment. In particular, the essays collected here discuss the ways and means – in conversations, through travel guides or literary works – by which readers and writers grappled with their cultural differences in the field of sociability. The first part deals with travellers, the second section with the spreading of various cultural practices, and the third with fictional encounters in philosophical dialogues and novels.

SEBASTIAN DOMSCH, Chair of Anglophone Literatures at the University of Greifswald, Germany, is the author of The Emergence of Literary Criticism in 18th-Century Britain (2014) and co-editor of British and European Romanticisms (2007) and Romantic Ambiguities: Abodes of the Modern (2017).

MASCHA HANSEN, Lecturer in British Literature at the University of Greifswald, Germany, focuses on women in the long eighteenth century, and has published on Frances Burney, the Bluestockings, Hester Thrale and Queen Charlotte. Her particular interests range from women’s life writings to their involvement in sociability, science and education.

270 pages approx.
14.81 x 21.01 cm
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-52567-5
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-52567-5
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-52566-8

Études anglaises - 74.3 (2021)
Sociable Spaces in Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Material and Visual Experience
Sous la direction de Valérie Capdeville et Pierre Labrune

Valérie CAPDEVILLE and Pierre LABRUNE : Introduction

Ariane FENNETAUX : Party Animals: Animal Products in Portable Objects of Sociability in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Vanessa ALAYRAC-FIELDING : “A short Recess from Talk and Tea”: The Sociable Geography of Snuff-Taking in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Mascha HANSEN : Breakfast at Frogmore and Feathers in Portman Square: Women’s Property and Elite Sociability

Marie-Madeleine MARTINET : Eighteenth-Century Visuality and Ambiguous Spaces of Sociability: Townscapes, Architecture and Entertainments

Sophie MESPLÈDE : Pets in the Studio. Mediating Artistic Sociability in a Polite and Commercial Age

Kimberley PAGE-JONES and Véronique LÉONARD-ROQUES : Festive Spaces and Patriotic Sociabilities in the Letters of Rachel Charlotte Biggs and Helen Maria Williams.

Susana ONEGA and Jean-Michel GANTEAU (eds.), Transcending the Postmodern. The Singular Response of Literature to the Transmodern Paradigm (C. Bernard)

Notes on contributors
Guidelines for authors

128 pages
Livre broché
15 x 23 cm
Français, Anglais
Études anglaises
Parution : 23/11/2021
CLIL : 4027
EAN13 : 9782252045367
Code distributeur : à venir
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