Electronic Enlightenment: letters & lives

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Autumn 2023 Update

This update adds 173 letters from Volume 9 of The Correspondence of Madame de Graffigny, edited by English Showalter. Two new blog posts and some past & future conference news. read more…

Françoise de Graffigny

Olivia Russell takes us through the key themes, events, and relationships which Madame de Graffigny describes in her letters in 1748 and 1749. read more…


Jack Orchard’s latest Threads post focuses on Chess in EE - its evolution as a game, some famous players, and the curious role robotics played in its 18th century history.
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Created with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Electronic Enlightenment—EE—is a pioneering digital resource for the study of the letter and its place in the rich writing cultures of the ‘long’ eighteenth century. Based on the best critical editions, EE benefits from collaboration with a large network of university presses, editors, scholars, and students who have contributed texts, and continues to grow by adding more archive/print editions and commissioning born-digital correspondences.

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