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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

Droit et philosophie à la lumière de l’Encyclopédie

Cover of OSE volume just published Luigi Delia Que nous apprennent les encyclopédies des Lumières sur la pensée juridique et son évolution? Quels rapports entretiennent-elles avec l’esprit de la Déclaration des droits de 1789? Dans ce volume Luigi Delia dresse un tableau des principales polémiques de l’époque suscitées par trois questions majeures: la torture judiciaire, la peine de mort et la condition des détenus.

Coming soon

Theatre and the novel, from Behn to Fielding

Cover of OSE volume coming soon Anne F. Widmayer Through focusing on the works of four celebrated playwright-novelists (Behn, Manley, Congreve, Fielding), Anne F. Widmayer explores how the increased interiority of their prose characters is ridiculed by the use of techniques drawn from the theatre to throw into doubt the novel’s ability to portray an unmediated ‘reality’.

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