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Please note that this session has been postponed until 26 January 2021.

In this paper, Anne Vila (University of Wisconsin-Madison) reflects on representation of solitudes and multitudes in 18th-century France. Through an overview the Jansenist convulsionnaires and their description by various commentators — apologetic, medical, literary-philosophical, anti-convulsionist theological — from the 1730s until the early 19th century, the paper traces the ways in which later authors and theorists evoked the convulsionnaires whilst considering solitude and multitude as a conceptual couple.


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