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Complete Works of Voltaire
The Voltaire Foundation at the University of Oxford is a world leader for eighteenth-century scholarship. Our core mission is to research and publish the definitive edition in French of the Complete Works of Voltaire (Œuvres complètes de Voltaire). This is the most ambitious project in French literature currently being undertaken outside France.
Writers, historians and other researchers need to be able to read Voltaire in a definitive version which has, astonishingly, never been produced; completion of the new Oxford edition will transform the study of Voltaire and our understanding of the Enlightenment.
By arranging and analysing Voltaire’s writings chronologically, we are untangling the evolution of his thought, radically changing our image of Voltaire.
The project has already attracted funding from many prestigious sponsors.
We are on course to meet our ambitious target of completing the edition in 2019. To do this, we need to publish six volumes per year in each of the three years from 2017 to 2019, and we are now seeking sponsors for each of the last volumes. Complete Works of Voltaire projects seeking sponsors.
Voltaire Digital Laboratory
In the longer term, our goal is to enhance our endowment so that we can build upon the reputation of the Voltaire Foundation and consolidate our position as the leading research and publishing centre for Enlightenment scholarship, fostering collaboration and exchange between scholars internationally.
Work on the Voltaire edition will not stop when the print edition is completed in 2019. We are already planning Digital Voltaire, a digital resource that will carry forward our high standards of scholarship. The new digital medium will allow our work to be regularly updated; and it will allow the works of Voltaire to reach a far wider audience than is the case at present. Our ambition is to make widely available the best scholarship.
The creation of new online resources opens up exciting possibilities that will allow the Voltaire Foundation to engage fully in contemporary research in Digital Humanities. Digital Voltaire will enable explorations of the writer’s thought and style that were previously unthinkable, and we aim to encourage doctoral students to work alongside more advanced scholars to experiment with the data.
We value enormously your support for the work of the Voltaire Foundation.
Professor Nicholas Cronk, Director
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