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The Livornese Jewish scholar Joseph Attias (1672-1739) is known for his contributions to eighteenth-century Tuscan culture as a book collector and mediator. Attias sent two autobiographical letters to a beloved correspondent, renowned Modenese historian Ludovico Antonio Muratori, in 1724 and 1733. This presentation will analyze the documents as self-conscious life narratives and examples of early Enlightenment self-fashioning that shed light on the strategies employed by a Jewish member of the Republic of Letters to present his formative years, his training, and his achievements to one of the most esteemed representatives of eighteenth-century Italian culture.

This presentation is for the following text(s):

  • Joseph Attias' Letter to L.A. Muratori (December 22, 1724)
  • Joseph Attias' Letter to L.A. Muratori (November 20, 1733)

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http://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/emw/emw2011/

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Start Date

22-8-2011 2:00 PM

Location

University of Texas at Austin

 
Aug 22nd, 2:00 PM

Autobiographical accounts for a non-Jewish friend: Joseph Attias' Letters to L.A. Muratori

University of Texas at Austin

The Livornese Jewish scholar Joseph Attias (1672-1739) is known for his contributions to eighteenth-century Tuscan culture as a book collector and mediator. Attias sent two autobiographical letters to a beloved correspondent, renowned Modenese historian Ludovico Antonio Muratori, in 1724 and 1733. This presentation will analyze the documents as self-conscious life narratives and examples of early Enlightenment self-fashioning that shed light on the strategies employed by a Jewish member of the Republic of Letters to present his formative years, his training, and his achievements to one of the most esteemed representatives of eighteenth-century Italian culture.

This presentation is for the following text(s):

  • Joseph Attias' Letter to L.A. Muratori (December 22, 1724)
  • Joseph Attias' Letter to L.A. Muratori (November 20, 1733)

http://fordham.bepress.com/emw/emw2011/emw2011/6