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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

Letter from Gregory S. Brown, the the new General Editor (from 1 January 2016).

Editorial board

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

Forthcoming and recently published

List of our 2016 titles (pdf*)

List of our 2015 titles (pdf*)

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

Satire, prints and theatricality in the French Revolution

Cover of OSE volume just published Claire Trévien ‘Claire Trévien’s interdisciplinary exploration of the political and visual terrain between the stage and satirical prints in the French Revolution is both imaginative and path-breaking. It opens up new perspectives on the confluence of some of the most striking visual expressions of Revolutionary culture.’ – Colin Jones, Queen Mary University of London Read the blog post by author Claire Trévien: Hunting in the shadows of the French Revolution.

Coming soon

William Beckford: the elusive Orientalist

Cover of OSE volume coming soon Laurent Châtel ‘Laurent Châtel engages perceptively with the shifting borders of translation, revisioning, interpretation and imitation, in ways that illuminate continuing issues around Orientalist scholarship. This is an admirable, luxuriantly detailed and most rewarding study.’ – Marina Warner, author of Stranger magic: charmed states and the ‘Arabian nights’

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