Catriona Seth

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					     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).

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