Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Biannual Journal of English Renaissance Studies

Editors: Jean-Christophe Mayer and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin
ISSN: 0184-7678 (Print)
ISSN: 2054-4715 (Online)
Frequency: Biannual (Spring and Autumn)

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Founded in 1972 and published uninterruptedly ever since, Cahiers Élisabéthains is an international, peer-reviewed English-language scholarly journal publishing articles and reviews on all aspects of the English Renaissance. The term is given its broadest connotation: subjects have ranged from Chaucer to Restoration drama and beyond. The literature and drama of the Elizabethan period is, however, the focal point of our interest.

Cahiers Élisabéthains is supported by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) for its Scholarly Excellence, on the advice of an independent committee.

Cahiers Élisabéthains is a refereed journal committed to publishing high-quality research. All submissions are double blinded and a panel of international referees reviews proposals.

Each issue includes articles (4-5), a unique section of international theatre reviews, illustrated with colour and black-and-white photographs, book reviews, and a listing of books received. Review articles and notes are regularly published.

Published in association with IRCL (UMR 5186). A Joint Research Unit of France's National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3.


Founding Editors: Antoine Demadre(✝), Jean Fuzier(✝)

General Editors: Jean-Christophe Mayer and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin
Assistant Editors: Agnès Lafont, Nick Myers
Reviews Editor & Managing Editor: Janice Valls-Russell

Advisory Board
Jonathan Bate, CBE (Worcester College Oxford)
J. W. Binns (University of York)
Robert Ellrodt (Université Paris III)
John Jowett (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
Jean-Marie Maguin (Université Montpellier 3)
Yves Peyré (Université Montpellier 3)
Lois Potter (University of Delaware)
Robert Smallwood (Stratford-upon-Avon)
George Walton Williams (Duke University)
Stanley Wells, CBE (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon)
Charles Whitworth (Université Montpellier 3)

Editorial Board
16th-century Literature: François Laroque (Université Paris 3)
17th-century Literature: Armand Himy (Université Paris 10)
History of Ideas: Luc Borot (Université Montpellier 3)
U.K. Correspondent: Peter J. Smith (Nottingham Trent University)
North America Correspondent: Don Beecher (Carleton University, Ottawa K1S 5B6, CA.)

Associate Editors
Clara Calvo (University of Murcia), Tobias Döring (University of Munich), Patricia Dorval
(Université Montpellier 3), Atsuhiko Hirota (University of Kyoto), A. J. Hoenselaars (Universiteit
Utrecht), M. J. Kidnie (University of Western Ontario), Florence March (Université Montpellier 3),
Michele Marrapodi (University of Palermo), Ladan Niayesh (Université Paris 7), Anne Page
(Université d’Aix-Marseille), Stuart Sillars (University of Bergen), Jesús Tronch Pérez (University of
Cahiers Élisabéthains guidelines on preparing and submitting articles, notes and reviews

An English-language journal, Cahiers Élisabéthains publishes articles and reviews on all aspects of the English Renaissance. The term is given its broadest connotation: subjects have ranged from Chaucer to Restoration drama and beyond. The literature and drama of the Elizabethan period, including its afterlives, is the focal point of our interests.

Cahiers welcomes all critical approaches, traditional, contemporary, and cutting edge.

Each issue includes articles (4-5), a unique section of international theatre reviews, illustrated with colour and black-and-white photographs, book reviews, and a listing of books received. Notes are regularly published.

Cahiers Élisabéthains is published twice yearly, in the Spring and the Autumn.

Submission of manuscripts
  • Articles should preferably be a minimum of 6,000 words and not exceed 9,000 words, including notes. The author is responsible for the word count.
  • Contributions for the ‘Notes’ section should not exceed 3,000 words.
  • Play and book reviews: please contact before submitting.
  • Articles should be sent via email to, plus an article abstract of around 100 words, a list of between 3 and 6 key words and an author biography.
  • See the author resources page for more information on how to write and prepare your article and other MUP policies.
  • These guidelines are intended to help you and us – the better prepared an article is the more efficiently it will pass through the production process.
  • Please pay particular attention to the Notes and references section.
  • Please make sure the style you use is consistent throughout the article and is compatible with the journal’s guidelines below.
  • More information on how to write and prepare your article and MUP policies
General style notes
  • UK punctuation throughout article.
  • UK spelling consistently throughout article but use American spelling in American proper names, such as Pearl Harbor, and in quotes.
  • Single spacing only after all punctuation; initials should be spaced: A. J. Smith not A.J. Smith (NB i.e. and e.g.); space after the point in the following contractions: ed., p., pp., ch., vol., etc.
  • Quotations: extract quotations over five lines, indented with space above and below, no quote marks; should not start or end in ellipses (...).
  • References to acts/scenes/lines in plays should use all Arabic numerals (eg. 5.4.116).
  • Single quote marks for integrated quotations within the text, double quote marks for quotes within quotes.
  • Maximum capitalisation is used on all headings and titles of published works within the text and the notes.
  • Page numbers are elided: 4–7, 8–13, 16–18 (not 16–8), 20–7, 34–76, 104–6, 136–42.
  • Dates are written in full: 31 January 1678; BC years must be given in full: 536–514, not 536–14; spell out nineteenth century, but 1800s (NB hyphenate when adjectival – e.g. ‘in the seventeenth century’ but ‘seventeenth-century furniture’; use 1930s, not thirties, 30s or ‘30s).
  • Years are elided to two digits: 1674–89, 1674–77, 1674–1723.
  • Apostrophe: Thomas’s, Jones’s, but Moses’, Bridges’: i.e. when the word ending is pronounced ‘iz’, use an apostrophe only. Also use s’ for classical names ending with an ‘s’ i.e. Venus’ doves, Brutus’ wife, Hercules’ club, Sophocles’ plays.
  • Parenthetical dash: use a spaced dash to indicate a parenthetical dash (indicate in typescript by a single hyphen with a space either side).
  • Raised letters/superscripts in quotes should be clear – these will be set as superscript letters.
  • Spell out numbers below 100, use digits for numbers over 100.
  • Exceptions – a series of numbers appearing close together; numbers in mixed sequence (under and over 100) in which case use digits for all numbers in that section; numbers giving exact measurements or with abbreviated units of measurements such as 7 kg, 15.8 mm; in usual cases like 5.00 p.m. (but five o’clock); phrases involving hundreds, thousands, millions, etc., where round numbers are given (e.g. two hundred, fifteen thousand).
  • Units of measurement - no ‘s’ to appear in plural (5 kg not 5 kgs). If pre-decimal currency is used, follow this style: £5 15s 6d.
  • Always put a number on either side of a decimal point, e.g., 0.6 (not .6).
  • When quotation marks enclose less than a complete sentence, the closing quote should precede the final punctuation. When quotation marks enclose a complete sentence or more, the closing quote should follow the final punctuation. If the source/page numbers appear with the quotation, place them in parentheses after the closing quotation mark but before the final full point. If verse is integrated use space solidus space (#/#) to indicate a line break.
  • Uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, or explained at their first occurrence.
  • Idem, loc. cit, op. cit should not be used.
  • ‘&’ may be used for names of companies, institutions, etc. (Faber & Faber). Otherwise use ‘and’.
  • Cf. (roman, not italic): note that cf. means ‘compare’, not ‘see’.
  • Fos for ‘folios’, not ff. which means ‘following’.
  • ll. (‘lines’) should be avoided as it can be confused with roman numeral II or arabic 11: spell out instead.
  • Per cent (not percent): use % only in tables.
  • V. not vs. (roman, not italic).
  • Use full points after abbreviations (e.g., i.e., etc., ibid., v., Ph.D., vol., p.m., Prof., Rev., ed.) except per cent (two words).
  • Do not use a full point after units of measurement (kg, mm, cm), contractions (vols, eds, Dr, Mrs, Mr, Ltd: i.e. where first and last letters are given) except no. (number), or initials (BBC, DNA, GMT, NATO, USA, ICI, TV), except name initials which should also be spaced (T. S. Eliot).
  • Insert a space after p., no., vol., fos (p. 67, not p.67).
  • No apostrophe with common abbreviations (phone, bus, pram, etc.).
  • Use italic for titles of publications (except series), including books (except the Bible, the Koran, etc.), journals, films, videos, plays, radio/TV programmes, titled musical works (but roman for Symphony no. 5 in C minor, etc.); long poems (e.g., Four Quartets), but roman and quotation marks for short poems; titles of paintings and sculpture, names of ships; genera, species and varieties; foreign terms/phrases (except anglicised terms, such as ‘elite’, ‘role’, ‘naive’, which also appear without accents, and phrases which are quotations); use italic for names of parties in legal cases, but v. is roman (v. NOT vs.), e.g Churchill v. Wilson; use italic for directions to the reader and stage directions, such as see also and above; use italic for ibid., et al., c. (NB do not use ca.), but via, vice versa, i.e., e.g. are roman.
  • As a general rule, avoid using bold type – headings will be marked up later and should be in roman (use different typesizes or italics to distinguish different levels of heading); if emphasis is required, italic is preferred.
Job titles/affiliations/subjects
  • The King (referring to a specific individual), but a king.
  • Member of Parliament.
  • The President, but a president, presidential (NB for Vice-President and other compound titles, capitalise both initials).
  • The Prime Minister, but a prime minister.
  • The Professor of Political Science, but a professor of political science.
  • The Church (institution) but the church (building).
  • The Crown (meaning the monarchy).
  • The Government (specific) but the government (general).
  • House of Commons/Lords (always initial caps) and also the House.
  • Liberal (use cap. only for Liberal Party or party member) and also applies to Conservative, Labour, Communist, etc.
  • Northern Ireland, but northern England.
  • The Parliament but parliamentary.
  • The Senate (always cap.).
  • The State (when referring to political communities).
  • The West, Western Europe, etc., but western England.
Note on bias/gender/racial and ethnic groups
  • Avoid using terms and phrases which express gender, racial or other bias.
  • Examples: humanity or humankind, not mankind; workers or workforce, not workmen; chairperson or chair, not chairman; artisan or craftsperson, not craftsman; firefighters not firemen; manufactured, not manmade; ancestors, not forefathers; senior citizens or the elderly, not old people; person with a disability or differently abled person, not cripple or handicapped/retarded/disabled person.
  • Use ‘he or she’, ‘her or him’ (note alphabetical order); do not refer to objects or places (such as ships and countries as ‘she’: use ‘it’).
  • Be specific and accurate when referring to a racial, ethnic or national group.
  • Aborigine (lowercase a) signifies the original inhabitants of any country; for native Australians use Aborigine (cap A).
  • Afro-Caribbean, African or black African etc., are preferable.
  • Asian covers the whole of Asia, not just India and Pakistan: be more specific if possible.
  • Avoid ‘coloured people’: specify racial/ethnic origin.
  • Use Inuit not Eskimo.
  • Europe includes East Europe and cannot be substituted for West Europe or European Community.
  • Use Native American or Native Canadian, not Indian (which signifies a native of India) or Red Indian.
  • North America: remember this includes Canada and Mexico; use United States if this is what is meant.
  • Use ‘in Britain’ not ‘at home’.
Notes and references
  • Most editing problems are concerned with the notes at the end of the article.
  • Notes at the end of the article should contain all the publications cited in the text.
  • Give full details of the publication the first time it occurs, and on second and further references cite only the author’s surname and short form of title, and page reference. Do not use ibid. after references that cite the title previously mentioned, use the short title form instead; do not use idem, loc. cit. or op.cit.
  • Please make sure that the style you use is consistent throughout the notes section at the end of your article, and that all source material is included. The title of books and journals should be in italics. If the author’s initials are used instead of their full first name, please make sure this style is carried through to all entries, and vice versa.
  • Book titles – maximum capitalisation, no quotation marks, italic. Use full title in the first reference and the short title in subsequent references.
  • Chapter titles – maximum capitalisation, not italic, in single quotation marks.
  • For all book references, give both place and publisher if possible, otherwise place only (whichever style, be consistent with all references).
  • Abbreviations to be used: (ed.), (eds), fo. and fos or fol. and fos, r and v for recto and verso on the line with no full point.
  • Author, Title, (place published, publisher, date of publication), page references.

    J. A. Chartres, Irish Literature (Oxford, Blackwell, 1984), 112–19.
    S. Butler, ‘Internal Trade in England, 1560–80’, in J. V. Smith (ed.), Trade in the Sixteenth Century (London, Macmillan, 1977), 26–9.
    W. Shakespeare, Hamlet, ed. J. Wilders (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1995), 4.
    Chartres, Irish Literature..., 104–9.
    Butler, ‘Internal Trade’..., 78–89.
  • Journal titles – always in full at first occurrence, maximum capitalisation, in italics.
  • Article titles – maximum capitalisation, not in italics, in single quotation marks.
  • Give volume number in arabic numerals; part or issue number (only necessary if each issue is paginated individually) separated by a colon (vol., no., p. not necessary); parenthesis round the year.
  • Author, ‘name of article’, Journal, volume:issue (year published), page references.

    J. A. Chartres, ‘Irish Literature’, New Literary History, 3:6 (1984), 112–19.
    S. Butler, ‘Internal Trade in England, 1560–80’, Economic History Review, 4:2 (1995), 104-6.
    Chartres, ‘Irish Literature’..., 98.
  • With regard to the note number system, numbers should be in arabic superscript within the text and full size arabic numbers in the notes, with no punctuation after the note number.
  • Unpublished books, theses and dissertations should be in roman in quotes: type, place and date of these should be given, e.g. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Manchester, 1999.
  • Archival sources should use the following order: place, reference no. of document, status of document, author, title, date, page no., e.g.:

    Public Record Office, London (hereafter PRO), T235/134, MAC (52) 153, memo by C. Cottrell, ‘Money’, 6 August 1952, 2.

  • Newspaper articles do not include the/The in references (The should only be used for The Times), e.g.:

    Smith, J., ‘The Prime Minister on the Defensive’, Guardian, 6 September 1989, 7–19.

  • Unless published (in which case treat like an article from a book), conference papers should give the name of the organising body, the title of the conference and the date given.
  • Titles of individual manuscripts should be in roman in quotes.
  • Titles of manuscript collections should be in roman without quotes, and the citation should contain the name of the depository and a full reference following the usage of the depository concerned, e.g.:

    British Library, Additional MS 2787.

  • Parts of the references may be abbreviated, provided that the abbreviation is explained or self-explanatory: e.g. ULC Add. 3963.28: the full reference should always be given at the first occurrence.
  • Government and official sources – ensure the correct use of C, Cd, Cmd, Cmnd and Cm, as these refer to different series:

    1–4222 1833–69
    C 1–9550 1870–99
    Cd 1–9239 1900–18
    Cmd 1–9889 1919–56
    Cmnd 1–9927 1956–86
    Cm 1– 1986–
    Note that Hansard documents are numbered by column rather than page; use the correct abbreviations (vol., vols, col., cols) before the appropriate numbers.

Inclusion of illustrations is only possible with the prior agreement of the Editor and Publishers.
Please contact the editor before considering illustrations.

These instructions are for the submission of images for accepted articles. The journal prints in black and white with a limited colour section but colour will be retained for all images in the online edition. Figures must be numbered as Figure 1, 2 etc. in the order they are to appear. If an illustration consists of more than one image then label them as Figure 1 (a), (b), etc. Please indicate the desired position of the figure in your article by inserting the figure caption into the text of your article. However, due to typesetting constraints it may not always be possible to place the figure in the desired location. The caption should include a source and credit for the illustration.

Scans and electronic images.
Please note that images embedded in Word documents will not be accepted. Images should ideally have a resolution of 300 dpi and be of a reasonable size and clarity. Preferable formats are Jpegs and Tiffs but GIFs, EPS, PSD and PDFs are also acceptable. Screen grabs and images saved from websites are usually low resolution, rarely usable and difficult to get copyright for. Scans and electronic images can be checked in advance of publication. Please submit them to your Editor who will forward them to MUP for checking.

Line drawings
These are non-half-tone images such as bar charts and line graphs. They should be submitted as electronic files in their original file format (e.g. Excel). Do not use colour coding to differentiate data as the files are converted to black and white for printing.

All permissions should be cleared before submission of the typescript and copies of all correspondence should be included. However, please do not contact institutions regarding permission for the use of images in the first instance. Instead, bring any queries about illustrations and permissions you have to the attention of the editor.

  • Tables should preferably be integrated into the typescript. Unless the table is the original work of the author it should have a source line underneath, indicating where the information, statistics, etc. came from.
  • Use a solid rule above and below column headings and solid rule at foot of columns. No rules in body of table and no vertical rules. Any notes should be given at the foot of the table (they should not be included among notes to the text). Use lower-case, superscript letters rather than numbers, to avoid confusion.
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