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Censorship and Literary Transformation: Bourbon France, British India and Communist East Germany [Video]

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Robert Choate Darnton is a literary and cultural historian, columnist, author, MacArthur Fellow, and the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard University, having served last year also as a Fellow at the Institut d’études avancées in Paris. He was recently awarded (in June 2017) an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford for the significance of his life’s work. A former president of the International Society for Eighteenth Century Studies and longtime board member of the Voltaire Foundation, Dr. Darnton’s contributions to the history of the French Enlightenment are so significant that an entire volume of the landmark journal in the field, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, was once devoted to essays on his work and remains one of the best selling books in the 60-year history of the series. Robert Darnton’s most recent book is Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature, published in 2014. He is next book, A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution, is set for publication on February 2, 2018 by Oxford University Press.

Distinguished Lecture in International Studies.

Part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series: Transformations (2017-2018).


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