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 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 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.
- "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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Geoffrey Turnovsky, review of Robert Darnton, The Devil in the Holy Water, or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon. H-France Forum. vol. 5, Issue 5 (Fall 2010). Download PDF (97.86 KB)
- Geoffrey Turnovsky. The Literary Market: Authorship and Modernity in the Old Regime. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.
- 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.
- 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