Eighteenth-Century Studies from Bucknell
James May, The East Central Intelligencer, VOL. 13, May 1999.
Editor's note: Late last year we asked our member Greg Clingham to consider writing an article for the Intelligencer on the involvement of Bucknell University Press in eighteenth-century studies. Greg holds the NEH Chair in the Humanities at Bucknell. He recently edited for Cambridge the Companion to Samuel Johnson, reviewed below, and he has written and edited several other books on our period. More particularly, however, Professor Clingham became the director of Bucknell University's press in 1997.
Bucknell is, of course, a good private teaching college, located in Lewisburg on the Susquehanna in north-central Pennsylvania. Its university press, founded in 1968, belongs to the confederation of Associated University Presses, headquartered in Cranbury, NJ, with offices also in London and Toronto, which aids in the production and distribution of publications by the associated presses.
Besides taking on the duties of Director of the Press, Professor Clingham will himself serve as editor for the Press's Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, which "publishes substantial critical, historical, and interdisciplinary work that is newly and interestingly theorized, and that broadens and redefines the conception of the field.
At the same time the series will be open to all critical, theoretical, and historical perspectives, and be willing to consider all manner of scholarship, from the large interdisciplinary cultural study to the more in-depth monograph on a single author." For the series, the Press invites MSS on architecture, art, music, science, travel, medicine, law, literature, and historical treatments of any other field of culture. Although the series' focuses on Britain, Ireland, and Europe during the long eighteenth century, the Press "also encourages work that establishes relationships with other geographies, literatures, and cultures of the period 1660-1830."
The advisory board for the series includes Paul Alkon of USC, independent scholar Chloe Chard, Clement Hawes of Southern Illinois, Robert Markley of West Virginia, Jessica Munns of the U. of Denver, Cedric Reverand of the U. of Wyoming, and Janet Todd of the U. of East Anglia. The Press's website describing the series and listing such forthcoming titles as Edward Jacobs' Accidental Migrations -- An Archaeology of Gothic Discourse is found here.
For the University Press's general website, the URL is: www.bucknell.edu/UniversityPress
We particularly asked Professor Clingham to discuss the BUP's recent and forthcoming publications in the eighteenth century, to characterize areas of interest, and also to provide us with both some advice about submitting proposals to the press and also some sense of the press's procedures for reviewing manuscripts. He has kindly done so in a letter dated 18 April 1999, from which the text below is excerpted. We apologize for any rough edges or gaps caused by transcribing his letter as an article. To his remarks we have appended a list of recent and forthcoming publications from Bucknell University Press. Any interested in submitting a manuscript or making any inquiry should feel free to contact Professor Clingham at the Press (Lewisburg, PA 17837; email@example.com; Tel.: 570-577-3674 [note new area code]).
Bucknell University Press is currently publishing between 40-45 titles a year, including the Bucknell Review, a biannual review of letters, arts, and sciences founded in 1976. The Press's traditional strengths have been in Hispanic Studies, literary criticism, and philosophy. We continue to have a strong international reputation in Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies, consolidated recently through an excellent new series in Latin American Literature and Theory under the editorship of Anibal Gonzalez. In the near future, we will formalize our eighteenth-century Spanish publications by establishing The Bucknell Studies in the I-lispanic Enlightenment under the direction of Michael larocci of UC Berkeley.
As far as publications in eighteenth-century British studies goes, we have published many studies in the past few years [see the list below]. They come in two categories, general publications (18 accepted for publication so far) and those included in the Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture (5 accepted so far). The series itself is designed to register (and to create) a kind of balance vis-a-vis the field as a whole [see the web-page at the site noted above]. Hence we have Tanya Caldwell's study of Dryden's Virgil, filling a gap created by the reluctance of other publishers--and, indeed, the profession itself--to acknowledge Dryden's manifold attractions (and contemporaneity) as a translator and power as a poet; and James Cruise's study of the "origins" and the form of eighteenth-century English novels. A wide range of other manuscripts are in the offing as scholars realize that Bucknell is a Press that sees great potential in the publication of eighteenth-century studies, even while we enforce high standards. I see a significant irony in what has come to be termed the crisis in academic publishing, for, as university subsidies to academic presses and deficit spending has dried up, and fewer and fewer of the big publishing houses commit themselves to work in our field, so have the quality and quantity of work in eighteenth-century studies increased. (The eighteenth century now has become the site of some of the most historically searching and theoretically intelligent criticism being published anywhere.) This situation has provided Bucknell with a window of opportunity, and hence we continue to be interested in considering all manner of substantial, new, engaged scholarship in the literature, history, and culture of the long eighteenth century, regardless of methodology.
As a press, our general procedures are relatively standard. We ask authors to send an initial proposal or abstract of their manuscript along with a c.v. Proposals, which should include the table of contents and give a description of the contents and the argument of the book, should also place the book in the context of other recent work in the field. A proposal need not be longer than four or five pages. That proposal will then be examined by me and, usually, someone else in the field, and, if we are interested in pursuing the project, the author will be asked to submit the entire MS. It is unhelpful to send an unsolicited manuscript, and unrevised dissertations are usually not appropriate. We usually refer those offering eighteenth-century editions to the University of Delaware Press, the University of Kentucky Press, or Oxford University Press, who all have fine reputations of publishing this kind of work. We do consider collections of critical essays and festschrifts, but expect such manuscripts to offer a high degree of coherence and focus.
Once we have expressed interest in a manuscript, it will then be read by one or two scholars in the field (and sometimes also by me); those reports are then presented by me, as Director, to the Editorial Board (which meets four times a year), where comprehensive discussion is followed by a decision whether or not to publish. Often a recommendation to publish is accompanied by a request for revisions. The time between submission of a manuscript and recommendation. to publish might be as short as three months or as long as a year. Once we have a final manuscript, it is sent on to Associated University Presses, our publishers, for production, a process that usually takes 9-12 months. Some of Bucknell's books--including those in our eighteenth-century series--are now largely designed by ourselves, although contracts for all books continue to be issued by AUP, who are also responsible for distribution and some advertising.
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Recent and Forthcoming Titles from Bucknell University Press
The following titles can be ordered from Associated University Presses at 440 Forsgate Drive, Cranbury, NJ 08512; email: AUP440@aol.com.
Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Caldwell, Tanya. Time to Begin Anew: Dryden's Georgics and Aeneis.
Choudhury, Mita. Interculturalism and Resistance in the London Yheatre, 1660-1800: Identity, Performance, Empire.
Choudhury, Mita, and Laura J. Rosenthal (eds.). Monstrous Dreams of Reason: Body, Self and Other in the Enlightenment.
Cruise, James. Governing Consumption: Needs and Wants, Suspended Characters, and the "Origins" of Eighteenth-Century English Novels.
Jacobs, Edward. Accidental Migrations: An Archaeology of Gothic Discourse.
Eighteenth-Century Studies outside the Series
Birberick, Anne L. Reading Undercover: Audience and Authority in Jean de La Fontaine.
Clingham, Greg (ed.). Making History: Textuality and the Forms of EighteenthCentury Culture (Bucknell Review, 42, no. 1)
Clingham, Greg (ed.). Questioning History: The Postmodern Turn to the Eighteenth Century (Bucknell Review, 41, no. 2)
Daniels, Charlotte. Subverting the Family Romance: Women Writers, Kinship Structures, and the Early French Novel.
Ellis, Loma. Appearing to Diminish: Female Developments and the British Bildungsroman, 1750-1850.
Faull, Katherine M. (ed.). Anthropology and the German Enlightenment' Perspectives on Humanity (Bucknell Review, 38, no. 2).
Hobson, Christopher Z. The Chained Boy: Orc and Blake's Idea of Revolution.
Ingrassia, Catherine, and Claudia Thomas (eds.). "More Solid Learning": New Perspectives on Alexander Pope's Dunciad.
Jacob, Alexander (ed.). A Platonick Song of the Soul by Henry More.
Kemmerer, Kathleen Nulton. A Neutral Being Between the Sexes: Samuel Johnson's Sexual Politics.
Kirkley, Harriet. A Biographer at Work: Johnson's Notes for "The Life of Pope.
McCormmach Russell, and Christa Jungnickel. Cavendish: The Experimental Life.
McLoone, George. Milton's Poetry of Independence.
McDayter, Ghislaine, Nigel Alderman, Guinn Batten, and Barry Milligan (eds.). ReReading Romanticism: Essays in Honor of Robert E. Gleckner.
Michie, Allen. Richardson and Fielding: The Dynamics of a Critical Reading.
Nicholson, Robin. The Portraiture of Charles Edward Stuart: An Iconographical Study, 1720-1892.
Spector, Sheila. Blake as a Kabbalist. Vol. 1: The Development of Blake's Language. Vol. 2: The Development of Blake's Myth.
Szmurlo, Karyna (ed.). The Novel's Seductions: Staël's Corinne in Critical Inquiry.
Teague, Frances. Bathsua Makin, Woman of Learning.
Wechselblatt, Martin. Bad Behavior: Samuel Johnson and Modern Cultural Authority.