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Book Collecting Prize Winner Announced

After reviewing many thoughtful collections with themes from theater books to Cormac McCarthy novels, the judges chose Phuong Nguyen's collection of books on food and cooking as the winner of the 2014-15 Book Collecting Prize. Phuong graduated in December 2014 and is currently pursuing a masters degree at Temple University. Read more about Phuong's fascinating collection.

We would like thank everyone who entered the competition for sharing their wonderful book collections with us.

At a time when bookstores are closing, electronic texts are proliferating, and libraries are investing more and more of their resources into electronic media, it is easy for people to begin to see books as no more than discrete functional or disposable objects. This prize offers students the opportunity to build their own book collections. It encourages students to reflect on their lives, their learning, and their personal interests. Behind these considerations lie the larger recognition of the importance of the Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library and the University Press to the Bucknell campus, for every great university and institution of learning has, at its center, a great library and a great press.

Sponsored by Bucknell University Press and Library & Information Technology.

Alana Jajko is 2014-15 Cynthia Fell Intern

Alana is a senior majoring in Studio Art and Creative Writing with a minor in Classics. Her work in art and writing is inspired by her relationships with place and nature. Memories and experiences at her grandfather's farm in Upstate New York have been subjects especially motivating to Alana's work, as well as her more recent travels camping through national and state forests across the United States, and joining a Bucknell Service Trip to the village outskirts of Kathmandu and the wilds of Chitwan National Forest in Nepal. Alana plans to continue exploring the human connection with nature, hoping to experience more of the natural world after she graduates.

Director Greg Clingham Invited to Talk at Emory

In September 2014 Press Director Greg Clingham was invited to talk about scholarly publishing at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic inquiry at Emory University. He gave talks entitled "The Serendipity of Scholarly Publishing" and "The Monograph, Open Access, and the Future of Scholarship." Engaged and responsive audiences from several universities in the area suggested how important the future (and the past) of scholarly publishing is to many in universities.

Kate ParkerBucknell Alum Kate Parker to Co-edit Transits series

Kate Parker, Assistant Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (and Bucknell University alumnus, BA '03, MA '04) has joined Greg Clingham as the series co-editor of Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850 . Parker, formerly Editorial Associate of the Bucknell Press, has co-edited (with Courtney Weiss Smith, Wesleyan University) Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered (2014) in the Transits series, she is the co-editor of the forthcoming Sade's Sensibilities (with Norbert Sclippa, College of Charleston) in Bucknell's Aperçus series, and she has also published articles in Eighteenth-Century Fiction and forthcoming from Studies in the Literary Imagination.

Recent Reviews

Editing Lives: Essays in Contemporary Textual and Biographical Studies in Honor of O M Brack, Jr.
Edited by Jesse G. Swan

“Students of literary studies typically tend to view bibliographical and textual criticism as the most austere and objective areas of our cognitive domain, those methodologies aspiring most convincingly toward the status of the hard sciences. Many of the essays in Jesse Swan’s fine Editing Lives support this reputation. However, by belonging to the genre of festschrift, the present volume also embraces a moving and subjective humanity, as it celebrates the life and career of the eminent Johnsonian whom friends and colleagues fondly called “Skip.”
—Anthony W. Lee, University of Maryland University College; The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer (volume 29, no. 1), March 2015

Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith
By Michael Griffin

“Enlightenment in Ruins offers a critical revaluation of Oliver Goldsmith’s contributions to enlightenment thought, focusing particularly on elements that align with Irish strains produced by contemporaries such as Edmund Burke…Griffin finds in Goldsmith imaginative geographies that subvert the discourses of imperialism by demonstrating that these “contain within them the possibility of their own parody and critique” (6).”
—Jill Bradbury, Gallaudet University; The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer (volume 29, no. 1), March 2015

Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered
Edited by Kate Parker and Courtney Weiss Smith

“Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered is a provocative and timely collection well worth the attention of the reader who wishes, as Smith states in her introductory remarks, to “grapple with unexpected collisions and collusions between poetry and novels” (xiv-xv).”
—Timothy Ruppert, Slippery Rock University; The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer (volume 29, no. 1), March 2015

Excitable Imaginations: Eroticism and Reading in Britain, 1660-1760
By Kathleen Lubey

“Although I cannot guarantee that in future I will read authorial instructions without cynicism, Excitable Imaginations gave me new ways of seeing many of the images and texts that I draw upon in my history course on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century sexualities. I highly recommend it.”
—Marilyn Morris, University of North Texas; Journal of the History of Sexuality, Volume 24, Number 1, (Jan. 2015)

A History of Ecology and Environmentalism in Spanish American Literature
By Scott M. DeVries

“ISLE readers will find that DeVries possesses a thorough understanding of ecological criticism and environmentalism, exemplified by the book's introduction, where he establishes the theoretical framework for his study. For the benefit of those readers who do not have advanced proficiency in reading Spanish he provides an English translation of all Spanish quotations, including definitions of commonly employed Spanish American cultural and literary terminology. Readers who are unacquainted with Spanish American literature, beyond internationally known giants such as Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, or Pablo Neruda, will appreciate the sweeping scope of the author's work…As is the case with most groundbreaking studies, DeVries's work suggests myriad possibilities for future scholarship.”
—Danion L. Doman, Truman State University; Oxford University Press Journals, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, vol 21, no 4, (Dec. 2014)

Rococo Fiction in France 1600-1715: Seditious Frivolity
By Allison Stedman

“A fascinating study that opens up and complicates our understanding of the literary field of seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century France, Rococo Fiction traces the literary rococo as it evolves from its origins in the work of Montaigne to the works of fairy-tale writers at the turn of the century.”
—Anne E. Duggan, Wayne State University, Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Winter 2014-15)

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Recent Prizes

2010 Serra d'Or Prize for Research in Catalan Studies. In the Eye of the Storm: Contemporary Theater in Barcelona - Awarded the 2010 Serra d'Or Prize for Research in Catalan Studies

2004 Honorable Mention for the MLA's Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize.Giants of Delft: Johannes Vermeer and the Natural Philosophers: The Parallel Search for Knowledge during the Age of Discovery - A 2002-2003 Mitchell Prize Finalist

Feature Articles and Letters

"18th Century Titles Garner Recognition"
Bucknell University Press was recognized for its outstanding eighteenth century publications in the current issue of Studies in English Literature. || Read more

"Bucknell University Press's Annus Translatio"
Nina Forsberg, former Publishing Manager, in The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer (September 2010). || Reprinted with permission.

"Bucknell University Press Marks 40th Anniversary"
The Bucknell University Press celebrated the 40th anniversary of the publication of its first book in 1969 with a series of literary projects that included publications highlighting Charles Darwin's contributions to science and discovery. || Read more of this Bucknell University website article.

"In Memoriam: Tom Yoseloff"
Jack Wheatcroft. December 27, 2007. Despite the richness and fullness of his life, and the peacefulness with which he gave up life, I know that you, family members and friends, gathered here to memorialize him, are grieving deeply, as I am, that Thomas Yoseloff is no more. || Read more of this commemoration eulogy by Jack Wheatcroft.

"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. || Read Greg Clingham's review of 18th Century Studies from Bucknell.

"University Press Flourishing"
E.J. Crawford, The Bucknellian, 2006. Toiling in virtual anonymity in the basement of Taylor Hall lies one of the most, productive and growing academic departments within the blanket of the University. And it has nothing to do with Management. It is the Bucknell University Press. || Read more from The Bucknellian.