Research Monographs in French Studies

Legenda book series

Research Monographs in French Studies are selected, edited and supported by the Society for French Studies. The series seeks to publish the best new work in all areas of the literature, language, thought, history, politics, culture and film of the French-speaking world and to cover the full chronological range from the medieval period to the present day. Proposals are accepted for monographs of up to 85,000 words, while proposals for ‘short’ monographs (50,000–60,000 words), a traditional strength of the series, are still welcomed.

Proposals. RMFS books must be written in English, with quotations from primary sources given in French and, normally, accompanied by an English translation. They should be sent with one or two sample chapters for consideration to the General Editor, Professor Tom Baldwin, at (t.baldwin@sheffield.ac.uk). All members of the Editorial Committee read all proposals and sample material. Examiners’ reports are sought in the case of proposals based on doctoral theses. We aim to respond to proposals with a decision and written feedback within two to three months.

Subvention. Authors in this series are not required to raise any subsidy or subvention, but are responsible in the usual way if any rights fees arise from illustrations or other copyright material included.

History. RMFS was Legenda's first named series, and was founded in 1996. Under the general editorships of Michael Moriarty (1996-2005), Ann Jefferson (2005-12), Diana Knight (2012-22) and now Tom Baldwin (2022-), RMFS has grown to over 70 titles.

Editorial Committee

  • General Editor: Tom Baldwin (University of Sheffield)
  • Robert Blackwood (University of Liverpool)
  • Jane Gilbert (University College London)
  • Jane Hiddleston (University of Oxford)
  • Katherine Ibbett (University of Oxford)
  • Shirley Jordan (Newcastle University)

Advisory Committee

  • Wendy Ayres-Bennett (Murray Edwards College, Cambridge)
  • Celia Britton (University College London)
  • Ann Jefferson (New College, Oxford)
  • Sarah Kay (New York University)
  • Diana Knight (University of Nottingham)
  • Michael Moriarty (University of Cambridge)
  • Max Silverman (University of Leeds)
75Aspirations to Silence: The Totemization and Alleged Decline of the French ‘aspirate’ H
John N. Green and Marie-Anne Hintze 
Research Monographs in French Studies 751 June 2025
74Colette’s Journalism: Genre and Rhetoric in the Chroniques
Anne Freadman 
Research Monographs in French Studies 741 November 2025
73The Lives of Vidocq: Criminality, Celebrity and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France
Emma Bielecki 
Research Monographs in French Studies 731 June 2026
72Communication, Relevance, and Power in Montaigne’s Essais
Marina Perkins 
Research Monographs in French Studies 721 November 2025
71Languages of Punishment: Translating Foucault into English and German
Melissa Pawelski 
Research Monographs in French Studies 7114 March 2025
70Ronsard's Epic Clouds and Ghosts: Illusions and Idoles in Early Modern French Literature
Alice Aurelia Roullière 
Research Monographs in French Studies 7028 October 2024
69Making Space in Post-War France: The Dreams, Realities and Aftermath of State Planning
Edward Welch
Research Monographs in French Studies 6914 February 2023
68Zola's Painters
Robert Lethbridge
Research Monographs in French Studies 687 June 2022
67Essay as Enabler in Yves Bonnefoy: Creating the Good Reader
Layla Roesler
Research Monographs in French Studies 6710 December 2022
66Frantz Fanon: Literature and Invention
Jane Hiddleston
Research Monographs in French Studies 6613 September 2022
65Contemporary French Poetry: Towards a Minor Poetics
Daisy Sainsbury
Research Monographs in French Studies 6526 July 2021
64The Holocaust in French Postmodern Fiction: Aesthetics, Politics, Ethics
Helena Duffy
Research Monographs in French Studies 6410 December 2022
63The Living Death of Modernity: Balzac, Baudelaire, Zola
Dorothy Kelly
Research Monographs in French Studies 6322 July 2021
62The Language of Disease: Writing Syphilis in Nineteenth-Century France
Steven Wilson
Research Monographs in French Studies 6228 September 2020
61Geometry and Jean Genet: Shaping the Subject
Joanne Brueton
Research Monographs in French Studies 6123 February 2022
60Louis-René des Forêts and Inner Autobiography
Ian Maclachlan
Research Monographs in French Studies 6028 September 2020
59The Philomena of Chrétien the Jew: The Semiotics of Evil
Peter Haidu, edited by Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner
Research Monographs in French Studies 5928 September 2020
58The Poetry of Céline Arnauld: From Dada to Ultra-Modern
Ruth Hemus
Research Monographs in French Studies 5828 September 2020
57Ying Chen’s Fiction: An Aesthetics of Non-Belonging
Rosalind Silvester
Research Monographs in French Studies 5728 September 2020
56I Suffer, Therefore I Am: Engaging with Empathy in Contemporary French Women’s Writing
Kathryn Robson
Research Monographs in French Studies 5623 April 2019
55Theorizing Medieval Race: Saracen Representations in Old French Literature
Victoria Turner
Research Monographs in French Studies 5523 September 2019
54Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness
Sam Bootle
Research Monographs in French Studies 5425 May 2018
53Saints and Monsters in Medieval French and Occitan Literature: Sublime and Abject Bodies
Huw Grange
Research Monographs in French Studies 5317 May 2017
52Balzac's Love Letters: Correspondence and the Literary Imagination
Ewa Szypula
Research Monographs in French Studies 5219 December 2016
51Jean-François Vilar: Theatres Of Crime
Margaret Atack
Research Monographs in French Studies 5128 September 2020