The commerce of literature....
The literature of commerce
Anglo-French perspectives in.......
the long eighteenth century.......
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Call for Papers

The conference organizers invite papers that explore from any of the above perspectives the interactions between commerce and literature across the long eighteenth century, in England and/or France and their respective colonies. Comparative studies are particularly welcome. Possible topics might include:

  • The book trade: in what ways was the book trade integral to commercial society, offering a vital conduit for the commerce of ideas, including ideas on trade, that in turn fostered networks and attitudes conducive to finance and trade? What impact did the commerce of literature have on the national economy?

  • The diverse literatures of commerce and their interactions: merchant handbooks, histories of civil society, economic philosophy, pamphlets...

  • Reflections on commerce within imaginative literature: what roles are played by plays, poetry, the novel in assimilating, promoting or contesting commercial society? in shaping the profile of the professional author? how are these imaginative genres shaped by market forces?

  • Anglo-French connections: trading contacts, commercial and financial rivalries, practices of emulation...
Proposals of no more than 500 words should be submitted to and the deadline for submissions is 16 April 2012. Prospective participants may wish to contact the organisers to register interest before submitting a full proposal.


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Centre for Financial History, Newnham College, Cambridge

Dates: Monday 2nd July – Tuesday 3rd July 2012.

Sponsored by the Newnham College Senior Members Research Fund, the Centre for Financial History, the Trevelyan Fund of the History Faculty and the French Department at the University of Cambridge.



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