Professor Edoardo Tortarolo

Facoltà di lettere e Filosofia 
Università del Piemonte orientale, Italy


Edoardo Tortarolo 2004
Changing forms of censorship
in early modern Western Europe 

29th November – 3rd December 2004
15.oo–16.3o, room 118
Department of History Adam Mickiewicz University
ul. sw. Marcin 78, Poznan 






1. Monday, 29 th November 2004

Heresy and books: the Roman Inquisition as a paradigm

Church, censorship and culture in early modern Italy, ed. by Gigliola Fragnito,

transl. by Adrian Belton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001 (chapter # 1).

2. Tuesday, 30 th November 2004

Experiments in the freedom of the press

John Milton, Areopagitica (e-text: )

3. Wednesday, 1 st December 2004

The French model of press control

Robert Darnton, The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history.

New York : Basic Books, 1984 (chapter on Joseph d'Héméry).

4. Thursday, 2nd December 2004

The media of the Enlightenment vs censorship

Robert Darnton, An early information society (e-text: )

Baker Keith M., “Public opinion as political invention”, in Inventing the French Revolution.

Essays on French Culture in the Eighteenth Century. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1990: 167-199.

5. Friday, 3rd December 2004

Ancien regime censorship and ourselves: what has changed?

Censorship and silencing: practices of cultural regulation (a Symposium titled:

“Censorship and Silencing: Practices of Cultural Regulation,” which was held

at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, 15-16 December 1997),

ed. by Robert C. Post. Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1998.


Readings available to copy in the reading room of the library (Department of History, ul. Sw. Marcin 78)

Information: dr Ewa Domanska, Department of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, ul. sw. Marcin 78

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