Media and Mediation in the Eighteenth Century


Penelope J. Corfield (ed)
Jonas Nordin (ed)


While eighteenth-century print media in essence rested on the same technical apparatus as in previous centuries – letterpress printing, woodcuts, and intaglio prints – the growth in quantity created a media revolution. The effect was a qualitative shift in terms of literacy, growth of newspapers, the spread of images and distribution of knowledge, but also of misinformation and propaganda. In this volume eight scholars from three continents investigate various aspects of media and mediation in the history, culture, and politics of the eighteenth century.


  • Introduction: ‘The Electric Sensibility’ of the Emergent Mass Media
    Penelope J. Corfield
  • Introduction: « La sensibilité électrique » des médias de masse émergents
    Penelope J. Corfield
  • Mediating Images of Monarchy from Castle to Cottage in Eighteenth-Century Sweden
    Jonas Nordin
  • ‘In a city flooded with pamphlets’
    Foreign Diplomats Monitoring and Spreading the News in Eighteenth-Century Stockholm
    Sophie Holm
  • Putting Faces to Names
    Printed Portraits in Late Eighteenth-Century Stockholm
    Ylva Haidenthaller
  • Ways of Seeing
    Conceptions of Visuality in Enlightenment Philosophy
    Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis
  • Presse et « société des savants » pour la fabrique de l’opinion au XVIIIe siècle
    Halima Ouanada
  • Visual and Metaphorical Representations of the State in Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan
    Maria Isabel Limongi
  • The Changing Identity of the ‘Atheist’
    Detecting Echoes of John Locke in Diderot’s Encyclopédie
    Antônio Carlos dos Santos
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June 16, 2023

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ISBN-13 (15)