General Guidelines for Essay Submission

NPEC welcomes submissions that deal with all areas of the long eighteenth century. Authors who are not members of SEASECS are asked to join at the time of submission.


  • Essays should fall within the 4000-5000-word range, not including endnotes or bibliography


  • Essays should be submitted electronically as Word documents

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout, including quotations, endnotes, and bibliographies

  • Manuscripts should use a 12pt font

  • Pages should be numbered in the upper right corner using an abbreviated form of the title as the identifier

Because NPEC uses a double-blind system of review, essays should be stripped of any details that would identify the writer. Authors should attach, as a second document, a cover page containing the full title of the essay, the name and affiliation of the author, contact information, both email and snail mail, the word length of the essay, not including the endnotes or bibliography, and a 150-word abstract.


  • Essays should be written in English

  • Quotations in other languages should be translated into English

  • Original language quotations of fewer than 10 words should appear in parentheses

  • Original language quotations in excess of 10 words should be incorporated in the endnotes


  • Citations should be in endnotes, using the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style

  • Consult CMS for appropriate use of block quotations

  • Avoid discursive footnotes

  • Incorporate significant additions to the argument in the body of the essay

  • For repeated references to primary sources, employ parenthetical citations after the initial reference

  • In addition to the endnotes, include a bibliography of primary and secondary sources that are critical to the discussion

  • When authors incorporate substantive suggestions made by reviewers, these contributions should be given appropriate attribution

Review Process:

  • Essays are initially read by the Editor-in-Chief to establish that they conform to the above guidelines

  • Essays that pass the initial reading are sent to two readers for substantial reviews and recommendations (accept; accept with minor revisions; accept with major revisions; reject)

  • Authors are normally informed of our decision within 3 months

All queries and correspondence regarding NPEC, excluding book reviews and advertising, should be addressed to:

Joe Johnson, Editor
Department of Humanities
Clayton State University
Morrow, Georgia 30030 
Telephone 678-466-4737

Correspondence and inquiries regarding reviews of books should be addressed to:

Book review editor for English:

Erik McCarthy
Gordon State College
419 College Dr. 
Barnesville, GA 30204

Book review editor for other languages:

Kathleen Hardesty Doig
225 Kings Hwy.
Decatur, GA 30030-5225
Telephone 404-373-1158

The Book Review Editors welcome suggestions for book reviews; however, unsolicited reviews will not be accepted. Reviews must not exceed 700 words, excluding title of book, and name of reviewer. Review essays may exceed that number; however, prior arrangements must be made with the book review editor.

All submissions must be sent double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12, using the latest version of Word.

Correspondence and inquiries regarding advertising should be addressed to:

Diane D. Kelley
Managing Editor
Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, Washington 98416-1073
Telephone 253-879-3354 

The views contained in the articles and book reviews represent the sole opinions of their authors, not those of the editors, Auburn University, SEASECS, the Editorial Board, or the editorial staff.

Submission Guidelines for Essays on Pedagogy

NPEC welcomes brief essays that discuss approaches to teaching the long eighteenth century in classes at all levels, from high school classes for juniors and seniors, through general education, and upper and lower division classes in specific disciplines and majors. The journal is interested in assignments, units, thematically-based syllabi, and other strategies that encourage understanding of the political, social, historical, and cultural context of the period. Essays may address, but are not restricted to:

  • Assignments, readings, or units that introduce eighteenth-century subjects in general education and other courses that are not specifically listed as eighteenth-century focused
  • Strategies for promoting understanding of the period at all levels
  • Thematically or genre-based course syllabi that include eighteenth-century texts or concepts (for example, a survey of philosophical or historical figures, a course on romance or the Gothic)
  • Innovative uses of technology in enhancing students’ understanding of the long eighteenth century

While we encourage essays that incorporate theoretical frameworks for both period study and pedagogy, the emphasis should be on praxis not theory, the actual details of the assignment rather than the theory that underpins it.

Authors who are not members of SEASECS are asked to join at the time of submission.


The audience for these essays is broad, and thus we encourage essays that indicate how a particular strategy could be adapted for a range of disciplines.

Use of Student Work:

Student work may only be used anonymously and with the prior permission of the student. Institutional IRB standards may apply.


Essays should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words, or 8-12 double-spaced pages, not including endnotes or bibliography.

For information on format, documentation, reviewing process, and language use, please review the General Guidelines for Essay Submissions to NPEC.

NPEC: Volume 15, Spring 2018



Theodore E.D. Braun. “An Enemy of Voltaire: Jean-Jacques Le Franc de Pompignan.”

Pedro Cebollero and Raymond Jones. “Societal Order, Economic Reform, and the Defense of New Mexico Pueblo Indians in Juan Agustin de Morfi’s Account of Disorders, 1778.”

Bryan C. Rindfleisch. “’We are now, as we have always been, a free & independent people’: The Familial & Interpersonal Dimensions of Creek Indian Sovereignty, 1783-1800.”

Amanda Strasik. “Modernizing Royal Motherhood: Representations of Marie-Antoinette and her Children.”

NPEC: Volume 14, Spring 2017



Todd Estes. “The 18th Century Origins of the Modern U.S. Presidential Campaign: Continuity and Change in American Political Culture.”

Marijn Kaplan. “1763 Ode to Madame Riccoboni: Male Fan Mail and Gender and Identity Ambiguity.”

Flaurian Vauléon. “Fictionalized Reality and Colonialist Rhetoric in Abbé Raynal’s Histoire des deux Indes: The Example of Saint-Domingue and the Coffee Trade.”

NPEC: Volume 13, Spring 2016



Olivier Delers. “Whimsical Pornography: Albert Dubout’s Illustrations for Sade’s Justine.”

Jeff Loveland. “Buffon and Nomenclature.”

Kirstin Collins Hanley. “Wollstonecraft in Translation: The Re-Education of Young Grandison.”

Karen Sullivan. “Trauma in Rousseau’s The Levite of Ephraim.”

Michael Mulryan. “Humanizing the Herd, or How to Morally Enlighten the People: L-S Mercier’s Philosophy of Education.”

Kendall E. Spillman. “Possessed by an Heiress: The Miniature Portrait’s Role in Restoring Female Image and Inheritance in Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udopho.”

NPEC: Volume 12, Spring 2015



Heather McPherson: Siddons Redux: Twilight and Afterlife of a Star

Catherine Montfort: Madame De La Tour Du Pin: An Aristocratic Farmer in America

Jeffrey Merrick: Imperial History and Sexual Identity in Eighteenth-Century Encyclopedia Articles About Florida

Ruth P. Thomas: Father Knows Best? Paternal Figures and their Daughters in Eighteenth-Century French Novels by Women


Carol L. White: Legal Reforms and Theological Adaptations: Geneva's Path Through the Eighteenth Century

Annette Chapman-Adisho: Catholicism at the Crossroads of Enlightenment and Revolution

Kathleen Hardesty Doig: Further Documentation on the Encylopedie Methodique


J. Mark Blackwell, Ruth P. Thomas, Stephen A. Raynie, Jeffrey Merrick, Nancy B. DuPree, Samia I. Spencer, Melody Knight Pritchard, Felicia B. Sturzer, Matthew W. Turner, Sarah Vandegrift Eldridge, Kellye Corcoran, David Eick, Staci Poston Conner, Ivy Dyckman, Christopher Mark Kennedy, Patrick Coleman, Martha F. Bowden, Christopher Allan Black, Nancy Zaice


NPEC: Volume 11, Spring 2014



Todd Estes. “The Endless Allure and Ultimate Folly of Determining the Original Meaning of the Constitution: History, Law, Politics, and the American Founding.”

David Wheeler. “Pope and the Public Sphere.”

Malcolm Cook. “Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and America.”

James Thompson. “Outsiders and Insiders in Sheridan.”

Rachael Isom. “Caroline Fry’s Death and Other Poems in Conversation with the Night Thoughts of Edward Young.”

NPEC: Volume 10, Spring 2013



Clorinda Donato. “Writing the Italian Nation in French: Cultural Politics in the Encyclopédie méthodique de Padoue.”

Michael Mulryan. “The Demoralization of Festive Space in Mercier’s Tableau de Paris.”

Allan H. Pasco. “The Incongruity of Resuscitated Classicism After the French Revolution.”

Jessica L. Riviere. “Challenging Generational Conflict in Short Stories by Sophie Von La Roche and Therese Huber.”

NPEC: Volume 9, Spring 2012



Theodore E. D. Braun. “A Midlife Crisis? Le Franc de Pompignan Turns 40.”

Jin Lu. “Eighteenth-Century French Ideas in the Late Qing Political Discourse: Examining the Role of a Retrospective Approach.”

Sally Hatch Gray. “Aesthetics, Anthropology, and the Limits of Enlightenment Cosmopolitism in Georg Forster’s Reise um die Welt.”

Ruth P. Thomas. “Family Feud and Family Ties: Brothers and Sisters in Eighteenth-Century French Novels.”

Amanda Paetz Hiner. “‘Not a Work for…Groveling Pens’: Aggressive Satire in the Political Pamphlets of Delarivier Manley.”

NPEC: Volume 8, Spring 2011



Katherine S. Green. “‘The Idol will be Broken’: Necessitarianism, Class and Gender in Inchbald’s Nature and Art.”

Althea M. Arguelles-Ling. “Performing Mother and Daughter in Cénie and La Gouvernante.”

Misty Krueger. “Revenge in Early Restoration England and Sir William Davenant’s Hamlet.”

James E. Evans. “Sentimental Economies in The School for Scandal.”

Scott Phillips. “‘A Pleasure on Which We Are Ashamed to Reflect’: Benjamin Hoadley’s The Suspicious Husband and Middle-Class Anxiety.”

NPEC: Volume 7, Spring 2010



Sara D Schotland. “Man as Brute and Beast as Exemplar: Man and Animals in Wordworth’s Poetry.”

Marie A. Wellington. “Liaisons and Their Dangers in Les Liaisons dangereuses.”

Rafe Blaufarb. “Nationalizing Discipline: A Reinterpretation of Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish.”

Ian D. Pearson. “The Origin of Johann Mattheson’s Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestre: Progressive Hearing Loss vs. English Empiricism.”

Diane Duffrin Kelley. “The Morality of Plagiarism: Voltaire, Diderot and the Legacy of Graffigny’s Cénie.”

NPEC: Volume 6, Spring 2009



Marijn S. Kaplan. “A Newly discovered 1722 Letter by Fan- and Miniature Painter Louis Goupy.”

Florian Vauléon. “Chess in the Coffee House: The Philosophical Pastime of an Enlightened Nation.”

Christopher D. Johnson. “History, Fiction, and the Emergence of an Artistic Vision: Sarah Fielding’s Anna Boleyn Narrative.”

Carol Sherman. “Polyphony and Persuation in De Gouges’s Mémoire de Madame de Valmont.”

Bethany Packard. “‘Music, Awake, Her-Strike’: Revivifying Hermione in Garrick and Shakespeare.”

NPEC: Volume 5, Spring 2008



Rima Abunasser. “Daniel Defoe and the Economic Production of English National Identity.”

Ruth Thomas. “‘Ma soeur, mon amie.’ Friends as Family in Mme Riccoboni’s Fiction.”

Kamille Stone Stanton. “‘Capable of Being Kings’: The Influence of the Cult of King Charles I on the Early Modern Women’s Literary Canon.”

David Wheeler. “Placing Anna Seward: The ‘Genius of Place,’ Coalbrookdale and ‘Colebrook Dale.’”

Felicia B. Sturzer. “Writing the Self and Textual Authority in the Letters of Julie de Lespinasse.”

NPEC: Volume 4, Spring 2007



Dorothy Medlin. “André Morellet’s Friendship with Benjamin Franklin.”

Claire Boussel. “The Waning Days of the Académie Française, 1789-1793.”

Christopher D. Johnson. “Indeterminacy and Meaning: A Pedagogical Approach to Oroonoko.”

Lisa Plummer Crafton. “‘A Shameful Tale to Tell for Public Sport’: Wollstonecraft’s Revision of Rowe’s The Fair Penitent in The Wrongs of Woman; or Maria.”

NPEC: Volume 3, Spring 2006



Allan H. Pasco. “Revolutionary Divorce and the Marriage of History and Literature.”

Candy B.K. Schille. “The Two Faces of Eve: ‘Milton’s Pamela,’ ‘Dryden’s Shamela,’ and The State of Innocence.”

Annie Smart. “‘Bonnes mères qui savent penser.’ Motherhood and a Boy’s Education in Rousseau’s Emile and Epinay’s Lettres à mon fils.”

Laura Alexander. “‘Breathing of the Heart.’ Reading Sensibility in Pope’s Eloisa to Abeland.”

NPEC: Volume 2, Spring 2005



Mary McAlpin. “Diderot’s Philosopher Nun: Religion in La Religieuse.”

Jeffrey Merrick. “The Strange Case of Barbe Melzine.”

Robert M. Craig. “Architecture as Expression: Le Camus de Mézières and Bernard Maybeck.”

Barbara Brandon Schnorrenberg. “Who Was George Lewis Scott?”

NPEC: Volume 1, Spring 2004



Elizabeth Mansfield. “Painting in the Philosophical Brothel.”

Jeff Loveland. “Daubenton’s Lions: From Buffon’s Shadow to the French Revolution.”

Steven Epley. “Breaking the Codes of Susanna Rowson’s Reuben and Rachel.”

Miriam Claude Meijer. “The Century of the Orangutan.”