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Professor Simon Davies

Professor Simon Davies
Professor Simon Davies

Professor Emeritus of Enlightenment Studies

Email: s.davies@qub.ac.uk

Simon Davies is Honorary Professor of Enlightenment Studies at Queen's and a Research Fellow at the Voltaire Foundation (University of Oxford). He pursued his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Exeter.

After lecturing posts at the Universities of Cardiff and Dundee, he came to Queen's in 1975. He taught at Queen's until his retirement in 2010 with the exception of 2002-2003 when he was a visiting Professor of Eighteenth-Century French Studies at a CNRS research centre at the Université Stendhal in Grenoble. From 1999-2003 he was the Secretary-General of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and has been the UK correspondent of the Société française d'étude du dix-huitième siècle since 1995. He is on the editorial board of the Complete Works of Voltaire and is a member of the College of Assessors of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. From 2005 to 2008 he was the Treasurer of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French (UK and Ireland).

Research

Simon Davies researches on French literature, comparative literature and the history and dissemination of ideas in the eighteenth century. He was the founding Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Queen's (www.qub.ac.uk/schools/CentreforEighteenthCenturyStudies) and remains on its management committee. He has published monographs on Paris and the provinces in prose fiction (1982) and Laclos: Les Liaisions dangereuses (1987; second edition 1998). He has produced numerous scholarly editions including works by Chamfort (1992), Crébillon fils (1999) and particularly Voltaire (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). In all he has published, or is actively preparing, over 150 editions of Voltaire for the period 1760-1778. He is collaborating on the edition of the Mémoires secrets being produced at the University of Grenoble (Paris, Champion). He is the assistant director of the team producing the AHRC-funded edition of the correspondence of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, a born-digital project which has British Academy Research Project status. This is being published by the Voltaire Foundation via the award-winning Electronic Enlightenment at the University of Oxford.  He is also a member of the 'comité scientifique' which is preparing and overseeing the first scholarly edition of the Complete Works of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (Paris, Classiques Garnier).

Recent publications 2005-present

‘Pierre-Michel Hennin romancier’, in Bernardin de Saint-Pierre au Tournant des lumières, ed. Katherine Astbury, (Leuven, Peeters, 2012), pp. 27-33.

‘La traduction anglaise du Voyage à l’île de France : texte et contexte’, in Bernardin de Saint-Pierre et l’Océan indien, ed. Jean-Michel Racault, Chantale Meure et Angélique Gigan  (Classiques Garnier, 2011), pp. 423-33.


‘Pierre-Michel Hennin, le correspondant le plus fidèle de Bernardin’, in Autour de Bernardin de Saint-Pierre: les écrits et les hommes des Lumières à l’Empire, ed. Catriona Seth et Éric Wouters (Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2010), pp. 13-19.


‘Louvet’s Les Amours du chevalier de Faublas: sexual, political and textual imbroglios’, in The Chevalier d’Eon and his worlds: gender, espionage and politics in the eighteenth century, ed. Simon Burrows et al, Continuum, 2010 (ISBN 9780826422781), pp. 201-14.


‘Point de Lendemain – Yes there is a tomorrow’, Nottingham French Studies, vol. 48, no 3, 2009, pp.103-12.


‘Le Pyrrhonisme de l’histoire, Voltaire’s anthology of contes’, in Voltaire and the 1760s, ed. Nicholas Cronk, SVEC 2008:10, pp. 207-15. 

‘Réflexions sur l’Histoire de Charles X11: biographie et autobiographie’, in Les vies de Voltaire, ed. Christophe Cave et Simon Davies, SVEC 2008:04, p.137-43 (ISBN 9780729409292)

‘Whither/wither France : Voltaire’s view from Ferney’, in Peripheries of the Enlightenment, ed. Richard Butterwick, Simon Davies and Gabriel Sanchez Espinosa, SVEC 2008:01, p.17-27 (ISBN 9780729409261)

Scholarly editions, Voltaire, Le Pyrrhonisme de l’histoire in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol.67 (Oxford 2007), p.241-379; Epître écrite de Constantinople aux frères, 1-9; Les Droits des hommes et les usurpations des autres, ibid., p.135-71; Discours aux confédérés catholiques de Kaminiek en Pologne, ibid., p.173-91; Instruction du gardien des capucins de Raguse à frère Pédiculoso, ibid., p.215-40; Shorter verse of 1768, ibid., p.379-408.

Scholarly editions, Voltaire, Shorter verse of 1772, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol.74B (Oxford 2006), p.299-309.

‘The Irish dramatist, Arthur O’Connor and The Orphan of China’, in L’Image de l’autre au XV111e siècle: vue de l’Asie et de l’Europe, ed. Jochen Schlobach and Hisayasu, Champion 2007, p.255-65; in Japanese version, ( Kyoto , 2006), p.291-307.

‘Poetry reborn’ in The Eighteenth Century now: boundaries and perspectives, ed. Jonathan Mallinson, SVEC 2005:10, p.74-85.

 

Recent and forthcoming publications 2001-2008

Forthcoming (2008):

‘Pierre-Michel Hennin, le correspondant le plus fidèle de Bernardin’, in Autour de Bernardin de Saint-Pierre: les écrits et les hommes des Lumières à l’Empire, ed. Catriona Seth et Eric Wouters (Presses Universitaires de Rouen)

‘Réflexions sur l’Histoire de Charles X11: biographie et autobiographie’, in Les vies de Voltaire, ed. Christophe Cave et Simon Davies, SVEC 2008:04 (ISBN 9780729409292)

‘Whither/wither France : Voltaire’s view from Ferney’, in Peripheries of the Enlightenment, ed. Richard Butterwick, Simon Davies and Gabriel Sanchez Espinosa, SVEC 2008:01, p.17-27 (ISBN 9780729409261)

Published:

Correspondance de Bernardin de Saint-Pierre ,  (co-editor of a selection of letters) (Oxford 2007).

Scholarly editions, Voltaire, Le Pyrrhonisme de l’histoire in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol.67 (Oxford 2007), p.241-379; Epître écrite de Constantinople aux frères, 1-9; Les Droits des hommes et les usurpations des autres, ibid., p.135-71; Discours aux confédérés catholiques de Kaminiek en Pologne, ibid., p.173-91; Instruction du gardien des capucins de Raguse à frère Pédiculoso, ibid., p.215-40; Shorter verse of 1768, ibid., p.379-408.

Scholarly editions, Voltaire, Shorter verse of 1772, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol.74B (Oxford 2006), p.299-309.

‘The Irish dramatist, Arthur O’Connor and   The Orphan of China’, in L’Image de l’autre au XV111e siècle: vue de l’Asie et de l’Europe, ed. Jochen Schlobach and Hisayasu, Champion 2007, p.255-65; in Japanese version, ( Kyoto , 2006), p.291-307.

‘Poetry reborn’ in The Eighteenth Century now: boundaries and perspectives, ed. Jonathan Mallinson, SVEC 2005:10, p.74-85.

Scholarly editions, Voltaire, Les Lois de Minos, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol.73 (Oxford 2004), p.1-191; Le Tocsin des rois, ibid., p.387-411; Epître au roi de Danemark, ibid., p.413-33; Shorter verse of 1771, ibid., p.471-84.

‘Voltaire’s Les Lois de Minos: Text and Context’ in The Enterprise of Enlightenment, ed. T. Pratt and D. McCallum, Peter Lang 2004, p.245-64.

‘Les notes des Lois de Minos: pertinence et impertinence?’ in Les Notes de Voltaire: une écriture polyphonique, ed. Nicholas Cronk et Christiane Mervaud, SVEC 2003:3, p.238-44.

‘Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and the idea of the underprivileged’, in Liberté: Héritage du passé ou Idée des Lumières, ed. Anna Grzeskowiak-Krwawicz and Izabella Zatorska, Collegium Columbinum 2003, p.150-59.

‘On the margin of the periphery: Belfast, the Newsletter and French writers’, in Centre(s) et Périphérie(s), ed. Marie-Christine Skuncke, Champion 2003, p.81-89.

Scholarly edition, Voltaire, Impromptu sur l’aventure tragique d’un jeune homme de Lyon, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol.56A (Oxford 2001), p.541-43.