Daniel Brewer

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: French, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1979.
  • B.A.: French, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1971.

Curriculum Vitae


  • France
  • language and culture
  • the Enlightenment
  • French cultural studies
  • 17th- and 18th-century French literature and culture
Courses Taught
  • The Economy of Literature
  • The Idea of Paris
  • Rehabilitating the Passions in 18th-Century French Literature
  • Diderot
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Co-Editor: L'Esprit Créateur (International Journal of French and Francophone Literature)
  • Associate Editor: SVEC (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century) , 2003 - 2013
  • President: American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies , 2001 - 2002
  • Director: University of Minnesota Humanities Institute , 1998 - 2000


  • A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment and Its Aftermath:
  • The Representation of Passion in the 18th-Century French Novel:
  • Ruins in the French Cultural Imagination of the 18th Century:
  • Brewer, Daniel, editor. Cambridge Companion to the French Enlightenment. Cambridge University Press, 2014. Image
  • Brewer, Daniel A. The Enlightenment Past: Reconstructing Eighteenth-Century French Thought. Cambridge University Press, 2008. Image
  • Brewer, Daniel and Patricia Lorcin, co-editors. Spaces of War in France: Experience, Memory, Image. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Image
  • Brewer, Daniel A. The Discourse of Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century France: Diderot and the Art of Philosophizing. Cambridge, 1993 (reprint 2007). Image
  • Brewer, Daniel A, Julie Candler Hayes, co-editor. Using the Encyclopédie: Ways of Knowing, Ways of Reading. SVEC (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century), 2002.
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "The Encyclopédie: Innovation and Legacy." New Essays on Diderot (2011):
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "(Re)Constructing an Eighteenth-Century Interior: The Value of Interiority on Display." Architectural Space in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Constructing Identities and Interiors (2010): 215-32.
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "Voltaire, War Correspondent At-Large." PMLA 124:5 (2009): 1847-50.
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "Le Désir de l'interprétation: en lisant Stendhal." Travaux de littérature 20 (2007): 337-47.
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "The Voltaire Effect." The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire (2006): 205-17.
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "Diderot and the Culture of Belatedness." Diderot and European Culture (2005): 183-96.
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "Lights in Space." Eighteenth-Century Studies 37:2 (2004): 171-86.
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "Thinking History Through Montesquieu." Montesquieu and the Spirit of Modernity (2002): 215-33.
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "The French Intellectual, History, and the Reproduction of Culture." L'Esprit Créateur 37:2 (1997): 16-33.
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "1751: Ordering Knowledge; Denis Diderot et Jean Le Rond d'Alembert Publish the First Volume of the Encyclopédie." A New History of French Literature (1989): 447-55.
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "The Work of the Image: The Plates of the Encyclopédie." Stanford French Review 8:2-3 (1984): 229-44.
  • Brewer, Daniel A. "Stages of the Enlightened Sublime: Narrating Sublimation." Theatre Journal 38:1 (1982): 5-18.
  • Fulbright Scholar Award
  • NEH Summer Research Fellowship, 2002
  • Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, awarded by the French government
  • Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, University of Kent, UK, January 16, 2014 - April 15, 2014