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When David Blewett, the editor of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, approached me about editing a special issue on the French novel, he expressed the hope that the project might call more attention to the journal among dix-huitiƩmistes and increase the number of manuscripts submitted on French topics. With this goal in mind, we sought a theme that would be timely and provocative, but broadly defined and hospitable to scholars with a wide range of approaches and interests. The idea of "modernity" seemed to meet these criteria, and the response has fulfilled our hopes.