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Elizabeth Bond
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210-1132)
The Writing Public: Participatory Knowledge Production in Enlightenment and Revolutionary France

Preparation for publication of a book-length study of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and French newspapers from 1770 to 1791.

My book project, 'Experiencing the Enlightenment: an Eighteenth-Century Information Network,' offers new insight into the cardinal question in my field: the link between the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Drawing upon letters to the editor written by men and women throughout France between 1770 and 1791, I explore how thousands of readers consumed and interpreted the intellectual movements of their day. Representing a wide range of readers, such letters articulated solutions to everyday problems, honing habits of mind focused on knowing the world and changing society. Bringing previously unexamined sources and digital humanities approaches to bear on an enduring question, my work renders a more nuanced understanding of popular cultural responses to intellectual movements.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; European History; Intellectual History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2018 – 7/31/2018