1st Edition

Science, Enlightenment and Revolution Selected Papers, 1976-2019

By Dorinda Outram Copyright 2021
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    Science, Enlightenment and Revolution brings together thirteen papers by renowned historian Dorinda Outram. Published between 1976 and 2019 and scattered in a variety of journals and collected volumes, these articles are published together here for the first time.

    During her distinguished career, Outram has made significant contributions to the history of science, to the history and historiography of the Enlightenment, to gender history, to the history of geographical exploration, and to the historical uses of language. This volume also includes other writings by Outram, comprising an unpublished introduction in the form of an intellectual autobiography. Placing this together with her collected academic papers offers readers an overview of her development as an historian and a writer.

    This book is important reading for scholars and students of early modern Europe, as well as those interested in the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and gender studies. (CS 1101).


    1. ‘Education and Politics in Piedmont, 1796-1814’, Historical Journal, 19 (1976) 611-33.

    2. ‘The Language of Natural Power: The Eloges of Georges Cuvier and the Public Language of Nineteenth-Century Science’, History of Science, 16 (1978) 153-178.

    3. ‘Politics and Vocation: French Science 1793-1830’, British Journal for the History of Science, 13 (1980) 27-43.

    4. ‘The Ordeal of Vocation: The Paris Academy of Sciences and the French Revolutionary Terror, 1793-1795’, History of Science 21 (1983), 251-73.

    5. ‘Before Objectivity: Wives, Patronage and Cultural Reproduction in early Nineteenth-Century French Science’, in Pnina Abir-Am and Dorinda Outram, (eds.), Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science 1789-1972 (New Brunswick and London: Rutgers University Press, 1987), 19-30.

    6. "‘Le langage mâle de la vertu’: Women and the Discourse of the French Revolution’, in Peter Burke and Roy Porter (eds.), The Social History of Language (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987) 120-135.

    7. ‘Life-paths: Autobiography, Science, and the French Revolution’, in Michael Shortland and Richard Yeo (eds.), Telling Lives in Science: Essays on Scientific Biography (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996) 85-102.

    8. ‘New Spaces in Natural History’, in N. Jardine, J.A. Secord and E.C. Spary (eds.), Cultures of Natural History (Cambridge and New York, 1996) 249-265.

    9. ‘On Being Perseus: New Knowledge, Dislocation, and Enlightenment Exploration’, in David N Livingstone and Charles WJ Withers (eds.), Geography and Enlightenment (Chicago and London: Chicago University Press, 1999), 281-294.

    10. ‘The Enlightenment our Contemporary’, in William Clark, Jan Golinski and Simon Schaffer, (eds.), The Sciences in Enlightened Europe (Chicago and London: Chicago University Press, 1999) 32-40.

    11. ‘Heavenly Bodies and Logical Minds: John Banville’s Astronomical Novels’, in David Attis and Charles Mollan (eds.), Science and Irish Culture: Why the History of Science Matters in Ireland (Dublin: The Royal Dublin Society, 2004), 19-25.

    12. ‘Negating the Natural: or why Historians Deny Irish Science’, in David Attis and Charles Mollan (eds.), Science and Irish Culture: Why the History of Science Matters in Ireland (Dublin: The Royal Dublin Society, 2004), 27-31.

    13. ‘Enlightenment Struggles’, in C. Scott Dixon and Beat Kümin (eds.), Interpreting Early Modern Europe, (London and New York: Routledge, 2019) 417-38.


    Dorinda Outram is Franklin I. and Gladys W. Clark Chair of History Emerita at the University of Rochester, USA. She has taught in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Ireland and has held visiting positions in Paris, Göttingen and Berlin. She is the author of many works, including most recently Four Fools in the Age of Reason: Laughter, Cruelty and Power in Early Modern Germany (2019) and a fourth edition of The Enlightenment (2019).