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Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment is dedicated to eighteenth-century research.

Since its inception as Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century in 1955, nearly 550 books have been published within the series. Strongly international in focus, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment publishes scholarly work in English or French to advance learning across a broad range of disciplines:

• History • History of ideas/Philosophy • History of the book • Theatre • Literature • Visual arts & Music • Science & Economics • Women’s studies

Editorial board

An international team of scholars assures the academic quality of our books.

Author and editors

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Online index

Access the dedicated thematic index of our books in the SVEC series, 1955-2013.

Contact us

General enquiries may be sent to our Administrator, series-specific enquiries to the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC) team.

Published and forthcoming

Pictorial snapshot of subjects explored

Just published

Enlightenment Spain and the ‘Encyclopédie méthodique’

Cover of OSE volume just published Ed. Clorinda Donato and Ricardo López ‘What does Europe owe Spain?’ is the infamous question posed in the Encyclopédie méthodique. Through translations of the two encyclopedia articles at the center of the controversy and extensive textual commentary, the editors reveal how knowledge was transferred and adapted for geopolitical ends across Europe and the transatlantic world.

Coming soon

Ruins past: modernity in Italy, 1744-1836

Cover of OSE volume coming soon Sabrina Ferri Modern Europe sought to break with the old, but Italy had a more complex relationship with its past. Through analysing the representation of ruins by Italian writers, scientists, and artists between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Sabrina Ferri explores the culture of the period and traces Italy’s uneasy transition into modernity.

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