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The interdisciplinary century : tensions and convergences in eighteenth-century art, history and literature

Is interdisciplinarity a pressing preoccupation of scholars in France and the UK, as it is in the US?The introduction provides a critical history of interdisciplinarity and outlines the key tensions of university life as experienced by students and scholars in the US, the UK and France.
Print Book, English, 2005
Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, 2005
xxxiv, 312 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 cm.
9780729408585, 0729408582
Machine derived contents note: I. Knowledge networks and 'undisciplined objects'
DANIEL ROSENBERG, We have never been interdisciplinary:
encyclope lism and etymology in the eighteenth century
and since 3
JAMES D. HERBERT, Looking at Louis XIV looking: the unity of the
disciplines under an absolute monarch 23
ISABELLE MICHEL-EVRARD, Les ressources interdisciplinaires de
1'6tude de l'illustration au dix-huiti&me siecle 41
MIMI HELLMAN, Object lessons: French decorative art as a model for
interdisciplinarity 60
II. Rescuing the trivial
MARY SHERIFF, Disciplinary problems in the history of art, or what
to do with rococo queens 79
JENNIFER MII,AM, Play between disciplines: the problem of the ludic
in rococo art and Enlightenment culture 102
III. The politics of interdisciplinarity
JOAN B. LANDiS, Trespassing: notes from the boundaries 117
MARK LEDBU Y, But is it art history? Some thoughts on disciplines,
tensions a d territories in studies of eighteenth-century art 124
IV. DefaRiliarising the familiar
GREGORY S. BROWN, Beaumarchais, social experience and literary
figures in eighteenth-century public life 143
AMY S. WYNGAARD, Literary texts or historical documents?
Revisiting the debates on R6tif de La Bretonne 171
V. Literat re and law
JOAN I. SCHWARZ, Evidence and analysis for interdisciplinary
research it eighteenth-century law and literature 183
MIRIAM L. WALLACE, 'Doing' history, or what I learned from the
1794 Londcn Treason Trials 201
LISA JANE GRAI AM, Scandal: law, literature and morality in the early
Enlightenmhnt 217
VI. Centres and margins, on past and future
LAURENT LOTY, Pour l'indisciplinarit6 245
DAVID ANDRESS, Can culture really explain politics? Interdisciplinary
historiography, enlightenment and revolution 260
JOAN DEJEAN, On becoming a historian 270
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