New Publications by Anne C. Vila - Now Available!

September 27, 2018

1) Now Available from Penn Press


Suffering Scholars: Pathologies of the Intellectual in Enlightenment France 
Anne C. Vila


"Anne C. Vila's book is a model of concise and well-articulated rigor on a fascinating topic that has been neglected and overlooked—the medical literature devoted to the sicknesses of men of letters. She shows how these texts provide an excellent vantage point from which to survey significant aspects of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literature and medicine. A striking achievement."—Colin Jones, Queen Mary University of London


Suffering Scholars focuses on the medical and literary dimensions of the cult of celebrity that developed around intellectuals during the French Enlightenment. Anne C. Vila shows how the "suffering scholar" syndrome deeply influenced debates about the consequences of book-learning on both the individual body and the body politic.


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280 pages | 6 x 9 
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4992-7 | $65.00s | £50.00 
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9480-4 | $65.00s | £42.50 

A volume in the Intellectual History of the Modern Age series:


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2) Available March 14 from Classiques Garnier:


Samuel-Auguste Tissot, De la santé des gens de lettres 

Édition d’Anne Vila et Ronan Chalmin 


Au xviiie siècle, la santé des intellectuels devient un nouvel enjeu médical et litté- raire. Avec De la santé des gens de lettres (3e éd., 1775) le docteur Tissot propose aux lettrés un livre classique mêlant tableaux de cas cliniques et remèdes pour traiter les maux dus à « l’intempérance littéraire». 


In the 18th century, the health of intellectuals became a new medical and literary theme. With De la santé des gens de lettres (3rd ed., 1775), Dr. S.-A. Tissot offered scholars a classic book combining description of clinical cases with remedies to treat the ills due to “literary intemperance”. 


No  34, 212 p., 15 x 22 cm 

Broché, ISBN 978-2-406-06915-7, 24 € Relié, ISBN 978-2-406-06916-4, 62 €

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