Hall Bjørnstad - "The Dream of Absolutism: Louis XIV and the Logic of Modernity" - Larry F. Norman and Ellen McClure
|When||October 13, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM |
|Contact Information||Seminary Co-op Bookstore |
|Description||Hall Bjørnstad will discuss "The Dream of Absolutism: Louis XIV and the Logic of Modernity." He will be joined in conversation by Larry F. Norman and Ellen McClure. |
Presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Press
About the book: What was absolutism, and how did it work? What was the function of the ostentatious display surrounding Louis XIV at Versailles? In this sweeping reconsideration of absolutist culture, Hall Bjørnstad argues that the exuberance of Louis XIV’s reign was not top-down propaganda in any modern sense, but rather a dream dreamt collectively, by king, court, image-makers, and nation alike. Through a sustained close analysis of a corpus of absolutist artifacts, Bjørnstad concludes that the dream of absolutism lives at the intersection of politics and aesthetics—a participatory emotional reality that requires reality to conform to it and that still shapes our collective political imaginary today.
About the author: Hall Bjørnstad is associate professor of French at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also directs the Renaissance Studies Program. He is the author of a monograph on Blaise Pascal, coeditor of "Walter Benjamin’s Hypothetical French Trauerspiel" and "Universal History and the Making of the Global," and the editor of "Borrowed Feathers: Plagiarism and the Limits of Imitation in Early Modern Europe."
About Larry F. Norman: Larry F. Norman is the Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of several books, including "The Shock of the Ancient: Literature and History in Early Modern France," published by the University of Chicago Press.
About Ellen McClure: Ellen McClure is Professor of French and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where for the last three years she has also directed the Mellon-funded Engaged Humanities Initiative. She is the author of "The Logic of Idolatry in Seventeenth-Century French Literature" and "Sunspots and the Sun King: Sovereignty and Mediation in Seventeenth-Century France."
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