Early Modern French Studies

Early Modern French Studies (formerly Seventeenth-Century French Studies) publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, original articles in English and French on a broad range of literary, cultural, methodological, and theoretical topics relating to the study of early modern France.

The journal has expanded its historical scope and now covers work on the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Within this period of French literary and cultural history, the journal particularly welcomes work that relates to the term ‘early modern’, as well as work that interrogates it. It continues to publish special issues devoted to particular topics as well as individual submissions.

Early Modern French Studies journal cover

Early Modern French Studies brings to its readership the work of both established figures and young researchers, and has historically provided a unique forum for the strong UK tradition of scholarship in the field. The journal is the official publication of the Society for Early Modern French Studies and was first published in 1979. Since then, the journal’s increasingly broad and inclusive stance has widened to include the full range of early modern artistic, musical, philosophical, scientific, political, and material concerns. Interdisciplinary in its interests and international in its scope, the journal continues to encourage contributions from throughout the UK, the US, France, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, and the Republic of Ireland, among others.

Members of the Society are entitled to access to the Journal via electronic means and also, on request, by print copy, subject to the terms and conditions of the Journal’s publisher, Taylor & Francis, which can be found at https://www.tandfonline.com/terms-and-conditions.

In particular, members should note that they receive online access by way of a single user, non-networkable licence. Access is for the Member’s private use and neither any edition nor the full text work within any edition shall not be made available to any other person, either as a loan or by sale, nor shall it be used to substitute for an existing or potential library or other subscription; and shall not be networked to any other site, nor posted to a library or public web site, nor in any way used to substitute for an existing or potential library or other subscription.

Submission guidance for authors

Your final submission to Early Modern French Studies should contain (in this order):

– the full title of the article

– your name and institutional affiliation

– an abstract of around 200 words (in the language of the article)

– 5-7 keywords connected to the article (in the language of the article)

– the text of the article (in English or French)

– please note that quotations in English and French need not be translated; quotations in other languages should be given in a translation in the language of the article (i.e. English or French) along with (if you wish) the quotation in the original language

– a short biographical note of around 100 words (in the language of the article) and your email address

– your mailing address (where you’d like a paper copy of the issue to be sent)

– and, if you are using pictures – permissions (this has to be in all formats, worldwide, in perpetuity, and you have to pay for it) along with high res pictures marked fig 1, fig 2, etc – with corresponding caption list in separate Word document containing permissions straplines. It is worth noting that some libraries like the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris no longer charge for publication permission but that permission still needs to be obtained.

For more details please visit https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=yemf20#style-guidelines

Editor: Michael Moriarty (University of Cambridge): [email protected]


Editorial Board

Susan Broomhall (Australian Catholic University, Australia)

Marie-Luce Demonet (Université François-Rabelais de Tours, France)

Delphine Denis (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France)

Ji Gao (Peking University, China)

Sylvaine Guyot (New York University, USA)

John O’Brien (Durham University, UK)

Lewis Seifert (Brown University, USA)

Katie Scott (The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK)

Wes Williams (University of Oxford, UK)


Advisory Board

The Executive Committee of SEMFS serves as an Advisory Board for the journal: https://www.semfs.org.uk/officers/


Individual members of the Society for Early Modern French Studies receive the journal free of charge as part of their annual membership.

Please see the journal’s homepage for further information: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/yemf19