Juliette Cherbuliez

Professor, Director, Center for Premodern Studies

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Research interests

My research investigates what I call the "lost opportunities" of the early modern period: concepts, themes, ideas that did not become part of our modernity. Created before such concepts as civil society, human rights, progress, the self-possessed individual, and any fast distinction among different kinds of knowledges, the archives of premodern France suggest efforts to think about related questions, efforts that often did not lead to our modern understanding of human nature. I am particularly interest in the evolution of such concepts connecting the political with the sensual as violence, luxury, intimacy, marginalization, and surprise.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Interest Keywords

  • the novel
  • absolutism
  • history of the book
  • ethics and literature
  • libertinism
  • crowds
  • literature
  • leisure literature
  • tragedy
  • failure
  • sovereignty
  • material culture
  • feminist studies
  • violence
  • revolution
  • politics
  • premodern history
  • Feminist Theory
  • French Revolution


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