Publications of chronicles describing the lives of the rich and famous were a characteristic feature of the early modern period. This conference explored connections between high and low culture by focusing on a celebrated example, the Mémoires Secrets de Bachaumont. This series of gossipy newsletters, published in thirty-six volumes, is an essential source for the history of the French Enlightenment and the last decades of the Old Regime. It also remains a crucial text for the development of journalism interested not only in the great events of public life but also in the details of private life. As such, it contributed to the emergence of modern notions of scandal and celebrity and to a new definition of public and private spheres.
Sponsored by the University of Kentucky, Northwestern University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and organized by Jeremy Popkin, University of Kentucky, and Bernadette Fort, Northwestern University.
Jack Censer, George Mason University
Dena Goodman, Louisiana State University (now at University of Michigan)
Gary Kates, Trinity University
Hans Jürgen Lüsebrink, Universität des Saarlandes
Frances Malino, Wellesley College
Sarah Maza, Northwestern University
Jeffrey Merrick, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Mary Sheriff, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Shanti Singham, Willliams College
Pierre Rétat, Université de Lyon II
Jean Sgard, Université Stendahl, Grenoble
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