Rochester, NY, United States
In 1980 Jeffrey E. Freedman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester.
Princeton, NJ 08544, United States
In 1983 Jeffrey E. Freedman obtained a Master of Arts degree from Princeton University. In 1991 he gained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from this university.
(A Poisoned Chalice tells the story of a long-forgotten cr...)
A Poisoned Chalice tells the story of a long-forgotten criminal case: the poisoning of the communion wine in Zurich's main cathedral in 1776. The story is riveting and mysterious, full of bizarre twists and colorful characters - an anti-clerical gravedigger, a hard-drinking drifter, a defrocked minister - who come to life in a series of dramatic criminal trials. But it is also far more than just a good story. In the wider world of German-speaking Europe, writes Jeffrey Freedman, the affair became a cause célèbre, the object of a lively public debate that focused on an issue much on the minds of intellectuals in the age of Enlightenment: the problem of evil.
(Though the field of book history has long been divided in...)
Though the field of book history has long been divided into discrete national histories, books have seldom been as respectful of national borders as the historians who study them - least of all in the age of Enlightenment when French books reached readers throughout Europe. In this erudite and engagingly written study, Jeffrey Freedman examines one of the most important axes of the transnational book trade in Enlightenment Europe: the circulation of French books between France and the German-speaking lands. Focusing on the critical role of book dealers as cultural intermediaries, he follows French books through each stage of their journey - from the French-language printing shops where they were produced to the wholesale book fairs in Leipzig, to retail book shops at locations scattered widely throughout Germany. At some of those locations, authorities reacted with alarm to the spread of French books, burning works of the radical French Enlightenment and punishing the booksellers who sold them. But officials had little power to curtail their circulation: the political fragmentation of the German lands made it virtually impossible to police the book trade. Largely unimpeded by censorship, French books circulated more freely in Germany than in the absolutist monarchy of France.
In 1980 Jeffrey E. Freedman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester. In 1983 he obtained a Master of Arts degree from Princeton University. In 1991 he gained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from this university.
From 1990 to 1991 Jeffrey E. Freedman was a lecturer in history at Princeton University. From 1991 to 1992 he worked as a visiting assistant professor of history at Franklin & Marshall College. From 1992 to 2000 Freedman served as an assistant professor at Yeshiva University, an associate professor of history from 2000 to 2013, and became a professor in 2013.
His research and teaching encompass the transnational history of the book, media, and mediation, the history of emotions, Enlightenment philosophy, and the genealogies of democratic political culture. He is also interested in historiographical questions including changing approaches to the archive and the genres of historical narrative. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of two books, both based on archival research in German and French manuscript sources.
His first book, A Poisoned Chalice (2002) is a micro-historical treatment of a sensational, never-before studied criminal case, the poisoning of the communion wine in the main cathedral of Zurich in 1776. It uses that incident to analyze the relationship between religion, medicine, and Enlightenment philosophy in the late 18th century. His second book, Books Without Borders in Enlightenment Europe (2012), examines the transnational book trade of the late 18th century. Based on the archive of a Swiss publisher, it shows how booksellers mediated the passage of literature across the frontiers of nation, language, and culture.
(Though the field of book history has long been divided in...)2012
(A Poisoned Chalice tells the story of a long-forgotten cr...)2002
Jeffrey E. Freedman is a member of the American Historical Association, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, the Society for French Historical Studies, the German Studies Association.
Jeffrey Freedman was married to Gina Fisch. Later they divorced.