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Sept. 20, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Philip Smallwood, professor of English at the University of Central England, has edited the first volume in a new series in the Bucknell University Press series.

The volume, Critical Pasts: Writing Criticism, Writing History, assembles new thinking by various contributors from the United States and abroad on the theory, practice and cultural value of the history of literary criticism.

"This volume also marks the inaugural publication in Aperçus: Histories Texts Cultures, a new series that replaces Bucknell Review, " said Greg Clingham, professor of English at Bucknell and director of the Bucknell University Press.

"Each of the paperback books in the Aperçus series will be a guest-edited volume addressing important issues and problems in the humanities, and will feature critical, historical and theoretical essays by individual contributors.

"It is an honor to have the first volume edited by Smallwood, who edited the book, Johnson Re-visioned: Looking Before and After (Bucknell University Press), published in 2001 as part of the Bucknell University Press Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture.

Smallwood, who will visit Bucknell University Sept. 22 as part of the launch of Aperçus, also isthe author of Reconstructing Criticism: Pope's Essay on Criticism and the Logic of Definition (Bucknell University Press 2003) and Johnson's Critical Presence: Image, History, Judgment (Ashgate 2004).

The series continues next year with History and Nation, edited by Julia Rudolph (arising from a Social Science Colloquium at Bucknell), and Europe Observed: The Reversed Gaze in Early Modern Encounters, edited by Kumkum Chatterjee and Clement Hawes (based on a series of lectures at Penn State).

According to Clingham, Bucknell Review has ceased publication after 51 years. "This publishing history is remarkable, but the exigencies of the publishing industry and the revolutions of intellectual change have necessitated a new start in a field of interdisciplinary humanities that we expect to answer a broad campus-wide interest, as well as tapping new developments in the humanities internationally," he said.

For more information about this series, contact Clingham at 577-1552 or see


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