Centre for the History of the Book

Professor John Renwick

Professor John Renwick is Honorary Fellow in the School of Literatures Languages and Cultures.

Prof John Renwick

Professor Emeritus and Honorary Fellow

  • French and Francophone Studies
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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My career took me from Glasgow (1964), to Cambridge (1966), Clermont-Ferrand (1970-71, 72-74), the New University of Ulster (Chair of French, 1974-80), and finally to Edinburgh where I occupied the John Orr Chair of French for 26 years (1980-2006). Though I am essentially a specialist of the French Enlightenment with special reference to Voltaire (I have been a member of the Editorial Board of the Œuvres complètes since 1997), I have for long worked actively in the field of the History of the Book, and more particularly on the interpretation of XVIIIth century library catalogues (3 critical editions and 5 articles).