Rice, Allison L. “The Geography of
Authorship in the Encyclopédie: Jaucourt’s Literary Landscapes.” Cincinnati Romance Review, vol. 18, Department of Romance Languages, University of Cincinnati, 1999, pp. 109-15. http://www.cromrev.com/volumes/1999-VOL18/14-1999-vol18-Rice.pdf.
Rice states that numerous studies have been conducted that focus on the idea of authorship (biographies of contributors, etc.) in the Encyclopédie, but none have discussed the topic of authorship in it (biographical information in articles). It is fairly well-known that the Encyclopédie contains very little historical and biographical information, but Rice argues that the articles on geography, especially those by Jaucourt, serve as a bibliography and a biography of sorts. After briefly explaining the idea of the mappemonde, or world map, as an organization strategy for the subject areas in the Encyclopédie, Rice demonstrates that many of Jaucourt’s articles on geography contain short, biographical information on the birthplace and works of authors. It is also through Jaucourt’s articles that it becomes possible to create a bibliography of works that he deemed important to read, own, or both.
Country of Publication: United States
Main Classification: Authorship
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