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Geoffrey Turnovsky

Associate Professor of French

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(206) 543-6241
PDL C-258, PDL C-237
Office Hours: 
Mon 12-2pm; and by appointment


Ph.D., Columbia University, 2001

Prof. Turnovsky specializes in the cultural history of early modern France and Europe, with an emphasis on print culture, early modern media, the profession of authorship, and on readers and publics in the 17th and 18th centuries. His book, The Literary Market: Authorship and Modernity in the Old Regimeappeared in 2010. His articles -- on writers  and the commercial literary market; and on readers -- have appeared in Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century (SVEC); Studies in Eighteenth‑Century Culture; Revue de synthèseModern Language Quarterly; Romanic Review; Les dossiers du Grihl; and French Historical Studies.

Turnovsky's current research (representative sample here) explores reading in early modern France and Europe in light of the expansion, starting in the 17th century, of a commercial public for printed texts, driven in part by the marketing of reading as a preeminently non‑commercial, spiritually beneficial, individualizing and self-affirming activity.


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