Book ID: CBB275680680

The Writing Public: Participatory Knowledge Production in Enlightenment and Revolutionary France (2021)


Bond, Elizabeth Andrews (Author)

Cornell University Press

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 356
Language: English

Inspired by the reading and writing habits of citizens leading up to the French Revolution, The Writing Public is a compelling addition to the long-running debate about the link between the Enlightenment and the political struggle that followed. Elizabeth Andrews Bond scoured France's local newspapers spanning the two decades prior to the Revolution as well as its first three years, shining a light on the letters to the editor. A form of early social media, these letters constituted a lively and ongoing conversation among readers.Bond takes us beyond the glamorous salons of the intelligentsia into the everyday worlds of the craftsmen, clergy, farmers, and women who composed these letters. As a result, we get a fascinating glimpse into who participated in public discourse, what they most wanted to discuss, and how they shaped a climate of opinion. The Writing Public offers a novel examination of how French citizens used the information press to form norms of civic discourse and shape the experience of revolution. The result is a nuanced analysis of knowledge production during the Enlightenment.Thanks to generous funding from The Ohio State University Libraries and its participation in TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access (OA) volumes, available on the Cornell University Press website and other Open Access repositories.

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Authors & Contributors
Forrest, Alan
Topham, Johnathan R.
McLaughlin-Jenkins, Erin
Figaredo Curiel, Francisco Humberto
Crook, Malcolm
Doyle, William
History of Science
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
American Antiquity
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Eighteenth-Century Life
Cornell University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Franco Angeli
Peter Lang
Periodicals; serials
Publishers and publishing
Science and society
French Revolution of 1789
Social class
Virchow, Rudolf Carl
Freud, Sigmund
Happel, Eberhard Werner
Lockyer, Joseph Norman
Flaubert, Achille-Cléophas (1784-1846)
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
20th century
17th century
Great Britain
Vienna (Austria)
London (England)
Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

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