THE SEVENTEENTH c ENTURY Paul Scott, University of Kansas 1. Gener al Orientalism and discussions of identity and alterity form part of an identifiable trend in our field during the coverage of the two calendar years. Another strong current is the concept of libertinage and its literary and social inf luence. In terms of the first direction, Nicholas Dew, Orientalism in Louis XIV’s Fran , c Oe UP, 2009, xv+ 301 pp., publishes an overview of what he terms ‘baroque Orientalism’ and explores the topos through chapters devoted to the production of texts by d’Herbelot, Bernier, and Thévenot which would have an important reception and inf luence during the 18th century. The network of the Republic of Letters was crucial in gaining access to and studying oriental works and, while this was a marginal presence during the period, D. reveals how the curiosity of 17th-c. scholars would lay the foundations of work that would be drawn on by th phi e losophes. Duprat, Orient , is an apt complement to Dew’s volume, and Du Ap . rat, ‘Le fil et la trame. Motifs orientaux dans les littératures d’Europe’ (9–17) maintains that the depiction of the Orient in European lit.
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