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Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment
(previously SVEC)

From Encyclopédie to Encyclopédie méthodique: revision and expansion Front cover of SVEC volume Kathleen Hardesty Doig The last of the great Enlightenment encyclopedias, Panckoucke’s Encyclopédie méthodique was originally conceived as an innovative revision of the Encyclopédie and the Supplément. Kathleen Hardesty Doig’s book is the first to compare the genealogy of the Méthodique with its predecessors as a means to understanding Panckoucke’s original vision for his work.   Diderot and Rousseau: networks of Enlightenment Front cover of SVEC volume Marian Hobson, ed. Kate E. Tunstall and Caroline Warman Marian Hobson’s distinctive approach is to take a given text or ‘problématique’ and position it within its intellectual, historical and polemical context. From close analysis of the underlying conceptual structures of literary texts, she offers a unique insight into the vibrant networks of people and ideas at work throughout Europe, and across disciplinary boundaries. This book presents her most important articles in a single volume, translated into English for the first time.   Full list of SVEC books dedicated to Diderot (pdf*).

Complete Works of Voltaire

Questions sur l’Encyclopédie Ed. Nicholas Cronk et Christiane Mervaud La nouvelle édition des Questions sur l’Encyclopédie est la première édition fidèle au texte original à paraître après plus de deux siècles. Pour la première fois, dans cette édition critique intégrale, les experts explorent à fond les relations entre les Questions et l’objet avoué sur lequel elles se centrent – l’Encyclopédie de Diderot et D’Alembert.
Œuvres alphabétiques I Ed. Jeroom Vercruysse Ce volume contient les articles que Voltaire rédigea pour l’Encyclopédie, ainsi que ceux pour la quatrième édition du Dictionnaire de l’Académie (1762).

The Encyclopédie gave Voltaire a lasting taste for alphabetical collections.

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Etudes sur Le Fils naturel et les Entretiens sur le Fils naturel de Diderot

Ed. Nicholas Cronk

Le Fils naturel, ou les Epreuves de la vertu, avec l’Histoire véritable de la pièce (1757), est un œuvre-clé de l’histoire du théâtre européen, et un texte essentiel pour comprendre la pensée morale et politique de Diderot, ses théories esthétiques et sa conception du roman. Le présent recueil qui s’adresse au spécialiste comme à l’étudiant, contient treize études, un essai bibliographique et un important dossier de textes contemporains, pour la plupart jusqu’ici inaccessibles.

Voicing desire: Family and sexuality in Diderot's narrative

Ed. James Fowler

In this reappraisal of Diderot’s practice as an author of prose fiction, James Fowler focuses on the writer’s treatment of sexuality and the family. Fowler explores Diderot’s constant return to these themes, to the extent that they become intertwined with his fiction.