Conversable Worlds addresses the emergence of the idea of
'the conversation of culture'. Around the year 1700 a new
commercial society was emerging that thought of its values as the
product of exchanges between citizens. Conversation became
increasingly important as a model and as a practice for how
community could be created. A welter of publications, in periodical
essays, in novels, and in poetry, enjoined the virtues of
conversation. These... more...