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20 February, Kate Tunstall

posted 10 Feb 2015, 02:53 by Cambridge EMS

For our third seminar this term we welcome Kate Tunstall of Worcester College, Oxford, who will talk on 'Diderot's Nodding Pagod', taking Diderot's reference to a 'pagode' in the Neveu de Rameau as a way in to exploring not so much his view of the aesthetics of chinoiserie, as his view of the politics of the eighteenth-century luxury market. The Fitzwilliam's Seated Japanese (c.1737-48) will be one of a number of 'pagodes' examined with the aim of working out what an understanding of these pieces of decorative art can contribute to our understanding of Diderot's text.  

The seminar takes place at 2pm in the Latimer Room in Clare College's Old Court. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. All welcome.

For those unable to attend, a short account of the paper will be available on this site following the seminar.