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Recent Publication

The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia.

Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010.

Congratulations to Professor Joanna Stalnaker on the publication of her new book: "The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia" (Cornell University Press, 2010). In "The Unfinished Enlightenment,"Joanna Stalnaker offers a fresh look at the French Enlightenment by focusing on the era's vast, collective attempt to compile an ongoing and provisional description of the world. Through a series of readings of natural histories, encyclopedias, scientific poetry, and urban topographies, the book uncovers the deep epistemological and literary tensions that made description a central preoccupation for authors such as Buffon, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Diderot, Delille, and Mercier.
The Disorder of Things: Description, Enlightenment, and the Problem of Form
Thomas and Catharine McMahon Lecture Series, Wesleyan University.
Professor Stalnaker discussed her new book, The Unfinished Enlightenment, which offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the theory and practice of description in Enlightenment France.

 

 

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