• Nathalie Rivère de Carles (Ed.) Early Modern Diplomacy, Theatre and Soft Power: The Making of Peace, Series: Early Modern Literature in History (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

This book explores the secret relations between theatre and diplomacy from the Tudors to the Treaty of Westphalia. It offers an original insight into the art of diplomacy in the 1580-1655 period through the prism of literature, theatre and material history. Contributors investigate English, Italian and German plays of Renaissance theoretical texts on diplomacy, lifting the veil on the intimate relations between ambassadors and the artistic world and on theatre as an unexpected instrument of ‘soft power’. The volume provides an international cross-cultural focus on the negotiation of European political and confessional conflicts and the official and non-official strategies of appeasement. The strong international array of up-and-coming and established scholars in literature and diplomatic history investigates early modern diplomatic forms of preservation of a European entente in the wake of the emergence of the nation-state.

Contributors: Timothy Hampton, Jane O. Newman, Dominique Goy-Blanquet, Valeria Cimmieri, Nathalie Rivere de Carles, Patricia Akhimie, Roberta Anderson, Diego Pirillo and Ladan Niayesh

  • Forms of Diplomacy (16th-21st c.)/Formes de la diplomatie (XVIe-XXIe s), Nathalie Duclos, Nathalie Rivère de Carles (eds), Caliban 54 (Presses Universitaires du Midi, 2015)

This bilngual volume analyses the changing theoretical and practical forms of political, economic and cultural diplomacy from the early modern era to the questioning of the Westphalian system in the 20th and the 21st centuries. It contrasts mainstream diplomacy and marginal or alternative forms of diplomacy. The use and the theorization of cultural diplomacy (soft power) and of commercial diplomacy are questioned by leading experts in history, literature and linguistics. Essays in English and in French pit the hard power of government-to-government diplomacy against other levels of diplomatic undertakings involving nongovernmental stakeholders. In addition, this volume studies official and nonofficial diplomatic figures, real and fictional ambassadors, which allows us to consider the linguistic and stylistic features of the diplomatic rhetoric and practice. The essays also explore the role of art, literature and culture as diplomatic instruments and the artist as diplomat as new analytical tools in the study of diplomacy.

Contributors: Lucien Bély, Marie-Céline Daniel, Camille Desenclos, Lauric Henneton…