Prof. Turnovsky specializes in the literary and 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 Regime, appeared 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 synthèse; Modern Language Quarterly; Romanic Review; Les dossiers du Grihl; and French Historical Studies.
Turnovsky's current research (representative samples here and here) explores the development of new paradigms of absorptive, moralized reading in early modern France and Europe, in light of the expansion, starting in the 17th century, of a new commercial public for printed texts, shaped by the marketing of reading as a preeminently non‑commercial, ethically beneficial, individualizing activity.
- Geoffrey Turnovsky, "Reading Exercises. French Literature in the Classroom," Romanic Review 112, 2 (Sept 2021): 213-234. Download PDF (424.7 KB)
- Lisa Jane Graham and Geoffrey Turnovsky, eds. "Looking for Readings in Early Modern France: Forum," French Historical Studies41, 3 (August 2018).
- "Literary History Meets the History of Reading: The Case of La Princesse de Clèves and its (Non)readers," French Historical Studies 41, 3 (August 2018): 427-447. Download PDF (480.32 KB)
- "Chroniques des Chroniques du samedi : l'invention d'un manuscrit," tr. Cécile Soudan, Les Dossiers du Grihl 2 (2017), https://journals.openedition.org/dossiersgrihl/6795 Download PDF (347.36 KB)
- "Crying into Print: Sentimental Reading, Spiritual Exaltation, and Typographic Standardization," The Romanic Review 107, 1-4 (2016): 103-126. Download PDF (5.07 MB)
- Geoffrey Turnovsky, "Touched by an Author: Books and 'Intensive' Reading in the Late Eighteenth Century," Precarious Alliances: Cultures of Participation in Print and Other Media, ed. Martin Butler, Albrecht Hausmann, Anton Kirchhofer (Bielefeld, Germany: transcript Verlag, 2016), 135-155 Download PDF (5.26 MB)
- Geoffrey Turnovsky, "Les lecteurs du Mercure Galant. Trois aperçus," XVIIe Siècle 270 (Jan-Mars 2016): 65-80. Download PDF (5.19 MB)
- Geoffrey Turnovsky, "Authorial Poverty and Transformations in Readership, 1750-1850. The Case of Nicholas Gilbert," Romanic Review 103, 3-4 (November 2012 [appeared in December 2013]): 439-464. Joanna Stalnaker and NIcholas Cronk, eds.
- Geoffrey Turnovsky. "Authorial Modesty and its Readers: Mondanité and Modernity in 17th-Century France." Modern Language Quarterly 72.4 ( 2011): 461-492. Download PDF (306.04 KB)
- Geoffrey Turnovsky. "The making of a name: a life of Voltaire." The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire, ed. Nicholas Cronk. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 17-30.
- Geoffrey Turnovsky. "The Enlightenment Literary Market: Rousseau, Authorship, and the Book Trade." Eighteenth‑Century Studies 36:3 (Spring 2003): 387-410.
- Review of Mark Curran, The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe I: Selling Enlightenment. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. 231 pp. Illustrations, maps, charts. £110.00 U.K. (hb). ISBN: 9781441178909; Simon Burrows, The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe II: Enlightenment Bestsellers. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. xvi + 254 pp. Illustrations, maps, charts. £110.00 U.K. (hb). ISBN: 9781441126016. Download PDF (113.38 KB)
- Review of Elizabeth Eisenstein's Divine Art, Infernal Machine: The Reception of Printing in the West from First Impressions to the Sense of an Ending. Journal of Modern History 85, 4 (December 2013): 917-920. Download PDF (503.96 KB)
- Geoffrey Turnovsky & Anna Preus on Digital Humanities, Data Science, and TEI - December 21, 2021
- French Major Anna Sulc awarded the Míċeál Vaughan Award - December 16, 2019
- Students & Superlatives - August 8, 2019
- Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Graduates! - June 21, 2019
- New Graduate Certificate in Textual and Digital Studies - July 20, 2016
- Simpson Center Announces Funding Awards for 2015-2016, Includes 3 FIS Professors! - January 22, 2015
- W14 Course: Culture and Media Forms:The First New Media: The “Printing Revolution” and its Impacts - November 15, 2013
- Course Highlights - Winter 2013 - November 1, 2012