The Department of French & Italian presents a Gertrude F. Weathers lecture by Catriona Seth Friday, February 19, 2010 3:30 pm, Maple Room Université de Nancy Indiana Memorial Union Smallpox and the novel. Considerations on Rousseau’s Nouvelle Héloïse In one of the central scenes of Julie ou La Nouvelle Héloïse, the most important French novel of the 18th century, the hero, Saint- Preux, catches the smallpox from his lover, Julie. Rousseau ordered an engraving of the scene and insisted it be called L’Inoculation de l’amour or The Inoculation of Love. This talk will attempt to address some of the reasons Rousseau had for using smallpox in the episode, from medical considerations to aesthetic ones. This paper contends that immunity as acquired through inoculation serves as a model for the way in which the author wishes his novel to function. A native of Great Britain, Catriona Seth has held the position of Professeur des Universités en littérature française at Nancy since September 2006. Her main fields of research are 18th-century poetry and other literature, as well as the history of ideas (in particular medicine and literature). Her publications include Les Rois aussi en mouraient. Les Lumières en lutte contre la petite L’Inoculation de l’amour from Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Héloïse vérole (Paris, Desjonqueres, 2008), Marie Antoinette. Anthologie et dictionnaire (Paris, Robert Laffont, 2006), and André Chénier. Le miracle du siècle (Paris, PU de Paris-Sorbonne, 2005). Most This lecture will be presented in English, to be followed by recently, she has co-edited, with Ritchie Robertson, an edition of discussion and refreshments. Evariste-Désiré de Parny’s Le Paradis perdu (London, Modern Humanities Research Assn., 2009). If you have a disability and need assistance, accommodations can be made to meet most needs. Please call 855-5458.