The Enlightenment Group

The Enlightenment Group stemmed from a panel discussion organised at Mount Royal University for the 300th anniversary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's birth in 2012.

The E-Group (for short) is an interdisciplinary group of Mount Royal University scholars involved in the study of the Eighteenth Century.

We organize a yearly symposium involving scholars from other institutions and students currently taking classes related to the Enlightenment period.

Text & Image in the Long Eighteenth Century: An Everyday Spectacle

March 8, 2019

Mount Royal University

Calgary, Canada

The long Eighteenth Century is the time when ocular-centric thought established itself in Western society. Images and illustrations permeated textual spaces to the point that few books were printed without illustrations. From arts to sciences via fiction and geographic literature, the eighteenth-century citizen was therefore exposed to wide array of visual and textual combinations as part of his/her everyday life.


8:45 - 9:15: coffee/tea - Presentation and welcome remarks

9:15 - 10:45: session 1

Aida Patient (MRU): Surveillance Mechanisms and Social Critique in Eliza Haywood’s Female Spectator

Martin Wagner (UofC): Literary Illustration and Its Discontents in the Sturm und Drang

Michele Holmgren (MRU): “Illustration of [Nature’s] works by their philosophical arrangement:” the Natural History Cabinet in Stephen Dickson’s early Canadian Poem, The Union of Taste and Science

10:45 - 11:00: coffee break

11:00 - 12:00: Plenary session

Diana Patterson (MRU): (Printed) Text and Image: How They Came Together in the Enlightenment

12:00 - 13:00: Lunch

13:00 -14:00: session 2

Miao Li and Devika Vijayan (UofC): Jesuit wanderings in China and India: a journey through illustrations

Antoine Eche (MRU): Text and Image in abbé Prévost’s Histoire générale des voyages (1746-1759)

14:00 -14:15: Break

14:15 - 15:15: session 3

Anthony Wall (UofC): Denis Diderot vs. Hubert Robert in the Salon of 1767 : Diverging Meanings of Length and Size in Image and Text

Rob Surdu (MRU): From Classical Excursus to Linguistic Analysis: Reflections on la petite cabane rustique in the Long Eighteenth century

15:15 - 15:30: Break

15:45 - 16:45: session 4

David Clemis (MRU): The Conception of the Drunkard in Text and Image, 1660 to 1830

Morgan Vanek (UofC): Theories of Environment in Anthony Henday’s Inland Journals, 1754-1755