Roger Chartier is Directeur d'Études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Professor in the Collège de France, and Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He has made unsurpassable contributions to the study of written culture in Early Modern Europe. His work on reading, audiences, authors, and print bridges literary criticism, bibliography, and sociocultural history and is deeply rooted in the tradition of the French “Annales School.” In this presentation, Professor Chartier explores the constitution of literary archives in the eighteenth century as an instrument of a new cultural regime that controlled the composition, publication, and appropriation of texts. The author’s hand became the guarantee of the authenticity of his works. Literary archives and the philosophical, aesthetic, and juridical categories that made them possible or necessary established new relations between the author’s work and the writer’s life.
February 4, 6pm; New School University,80 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor, Room 512, New York City.
Sponsored By History, Lang College/New School for Social Research and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Oz Frankel, Associate Professor and Chair
New School for Social Research/Lang College
80 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10011
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