Ireland and the French Enlightenment, 1700-1800
By what channels did the French Enlightenment reach the eighteenth-century Irish reader, and what impact did it have? What were the images of Ireland current in the France of the philosophers like Voltaire? These are the questions which a team of scholars attempt to answer in this volume. As well as focusing on the reception of specific writers in Ireland, the book also considers broader areas like the Irish theatre, literacy in French and the availability of French books.