Celebrate diversity with this reading list from Bucknell Press:
Postracial America? An Interdisciplinary Study attempts to broaden the application of this idea – the dream of a nation beyond race- by situating it in contexts that demonstrate how the idea of the postracial has been with America since its founding and will continue to be long after the Obama administration’s term ends.
In Media Res is a manifold collection that reflects the intersectional qualities of university programming in the twenty-first century. Taking race, gender, and popular culture as its central thematic subjects, the volume collects academic essays, speeches, poems, and creative works that critically engage a wide range of issues, including American imperialism, racial and gender discrimination, the globalization of culture, and the limitations of our new multimedia world.
In Poetic Sisters, Deborah Kennedy explores the personal and literary connections among five early eighteenth-century women poets: Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea; Elizabeth Singer Rowe; Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford; Sarah Dixon; and Mary Jones.
Blues Baby: Early Poems brings together Harryette Mullen’s first book, Tree Tall Woman, with previously uncollected poems from the beginning of her career. Her early poems draw inspiration from the feminist and Black Arts movements, as well as her connections to diverse communities of writers and artists.
The essays in this volume portray the debates concerning freedom of speech in eighteenth-century France and Britain as well as in Austria, Denmark, Russia, and Spain and its American territories
What is a canon and why does it matter? In Confronting Our Canons: Spanish and Latin American Studies in the 21st Century, Joan L. Brown shows that a canon has the power to define a field and determine what is taught. She argues that it is both productive and necessary to confront our canons, to see what is actually in them and how these works and authors got there.
Voices Out of Africa in Twentieth-Century Spanish Caribbean Literature is a compelling exploration of how authors of the Spanish Caribbean (Cuba, Santo Domingo, and Puerto Rico) have incorporated the cultural legacy of Africa into their narrative fictions.
The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century explores disabled people who lived in the eighteenth century. It includes essays considering philosophical writing dating between 1663 and 1788, when the understanding of disability altered dramatically, exploring three types–the novel, the periodical and the pamphlet–which pour out their ideas of disability in different ways and bringing to light little known disabled people, or people who are little known for their disability.
This fascinating and diverse collection of essays concerns the lives and representations of homosexuals in the long eighteenth century. The collection addresses and seeks to move beyond the current critical division between essentialists and social constructionists, a division that bedevils the history of sexuality and fissures Queer Theory.
This anthology is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that builds on the presentations from a conference on race held at Bucknell University that addressed the issue of the persistence of race in the new millennium. These essays all deal with various critical dimensions of race from a sociological, anthropological, and literary perspective.
Emigrant Dreams, Immigrant Borders: Migrants, Transnational Encounters, and Identity in Spain offers a new approach to the cultural history of contemporary Spain, examining the ways in which Spain’s own self-conceptions are changing and multiplying in response to migrants from Latin America and Africa.
This set of essays considers the work of ten women writers: Nella Larsen, Zelda Fitzgerald, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Sylvia Plath, Hisaye Yamamoto, Toni Morrison, Maxine Hong Kingston, Louise Erdrich, and Sandra Cisneros. The essays bring together the voices of ten other women writers who are themselves having their way with academic tradition, rewriting it from the women’s points of view.
Since it debuted, Bucknell University Press’s book series New Studies in the “Age of Goethe” has been receiving critics’ attention and readers’ praises. The series, sponsored by the Goethe Society of North America, aims to encourage and publish innovative research that adopts interdisciplinary approaches or provides new insights on the “Age of Goethe.” Current books in the series include Romanticism, Origins, and the History of Heredity (2014) by Christine Lehleiter, Aesthetics as Secular Millenialism: Its Trail from Baumgarten and Kant to Walt Disney and Hitler (2013) by Benjamin Bennett, The Mask and the Quill: Actress-Writers in Germany from Enlightenment to Romanticism (2011) by Mary Helen Dupree, After Jena: Goethe’s Elective Affinities and the End of the Old Regime (2010) by Peter J. Schwartz and Reading Riddles: Rhetorics of Obscurity from Romanticism to Freud (2010) by Brian Tucker. Professor Joycelyn Holland of University of California-Santa Barbara highly praised Lehleiter’s Romanticism, Origins, and the History of Heredity, saying that “(Lehleiter’s) work has the potential to change the landscape of Romantic literary studies.” Dupree’s book The Mask and the Quill is also recognized by critics. “The Mask and the Quill is an important contribution to German studies, gender studies, and performance studies”, said Professor Lena Heilmann, who is currently teaching at Knox College.
Great books cannot be published without great editors. Speaking about her experience with New Studies in the “Age of Goethe,” Professor Karin Schutjer, the current series editor, acknowledges the collective wisdom and experience of the editorial group. “It’s gratifying to be part of it,” she says.
In fact, the birth and success of New Studies in the “Age of Goethe” are inseparable from the Goethe Society of North America. The books series was founded in 2006 by Professor Astrida Tantillo, who was the Executive Secretary of the organization at that time. It is an active society that has a group of scholars who are enthusiastic about new research and are willing to foster innovative projects. Professor Schutjer describes that “the society mentors young scholars from the dissertation stage, provides conference opportunities, a scholarly yearbook, and article prizes. The monograph series is able to draw on this fabulous network of established and emerging scholars.”
Professor Schutjer is interested in German history and her recent book concerns Goethe’s relationship to Judaism. As she recalls, her first touch with German studies in college was to “try to understand the catastrophic course of German history in the 20th century (how, for example, we got from Goethe to the Holocaust) and then to explore the remarkable processes through which Germany has redefined itself since then.” Historical events and significant figures are always correlated, and in order to understand Germany in the 20th century and Germany today, it is important to understand those influential German intellectuals such as Goethe. When asked about her understanding of “the Age of Goethe,” professor Schutjer shows great passion in her profession and depicts a grand picture of German culture at that time. “It was the age of Kant, Hegel, Mozart, Beethoven, and so many other pathbreaking artists, writers, and intellectuals. And in the midst of it all was Goethe, who not only became the defining German poet, but also had his hands in so many other fields of inquiry and endeavor, including science (botany, anatomy, optics, geology), art and architecture, dramaturgy, philology, public administration and statecraft.” Thanks to the richness of this era, it is not surprising that, after so many years of scholarly research, there are still numerous innovative projects such as the books in this series and we look forward to forthcoming research to unveil the “Age of Goethe” from an angle we haven’t examined before.
Below is the full interview with Professor Karin Schutjer.
What’s the inspiration for this book series?
The book series was founded in 2006 by Professor Astrida Tantillo, who served at the time the Executive Secretary of the Goethe Society of North America. North American scholarship in the Age of Goethe is a remarkably vibrant and innovative field. Her vision was simply to establish a leading publishing venue for the best new work in the field.
What do you enjoy most about your involvement with this series?
That’s an easy one! Our two previous editors, Astrida Tantillo and Jane Brown, developed a very collaborative editorial process. All proposals are carefully read and discussed by our small board, which fortunately still includes both Astrida and Jane. I feel there is a great deal of collective wisdom and experience in this group, and that we are very directed towards finding and developing the potential in projects. It’s gratifying to be part of it.
As we all know, Goethe is the most renowned figure in German culture both within and beyond his time. How do you understand the Age of Goethe?
The Age of Goethe is loosely defined as 1770-1830, the six decades of Goethe’s greatest productivity. But in a more important sense this period really represents Germany’s passage into modernity. This era spans huge transformations, from the rule of Frederick the Great through the Revolutionary Wars and the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, to the reactionary post-Napoleonic order. It saw the flourishing of Enlightenment thought and the emergence of Romanticism and German nationalism. It was the age of Kant, Hegel, Mozart, Beethoven, and so many other pathbreaking artists, writers, and intellectuals. And in the midst of it all was Goethe, who not only became the defining German poet, but also had his hands in so many other fields of inquiry and endeavor, including science (botany, anatomy, optics, geology), art and architecture, dramaturgy, philology, public administration and statecraft. You can imagine what a rich field this is for interdisciplinary explorations.
What are the notable features of this book series that differentiate it from other scholarly publications on Goethe and German culture in a broad context?
What sets this series apart is its clear epochal focus backed up by the expertise and resources of an extremely active and innovative scholarly society, the Goethe Society of North America. The society mentors young scholars from the dissertation stage, provides conference opportunities, a scholarly yearbook, and article prizes. The monograph series is able to draw on this fabulous network of established and emerging scholars.
What is your expectation for future publications in this book series?
We have several interesting proposals in the works and we’ll see where the field takes us next! I think we’ll continue to see a broad range of topics and approaches because that really reflects the diversity of contemporary scholarship in the Age of Goethe.
What motivates to be a scholar in German studies? What are your academic interests?
I can’t speak for all North American German studies scholars, but I think many people in my generation were probably moved, maybe first as undergraduates, to try to understand the catastrophic course of German history in the 20th century (how, for example, we got from Goethe to the Holocaust) and then to explore the remarkable processes through which Germany has redefined itself since then. My own work is still somewhat shaped by those big questions about German history: my recent book concerned Goethe’s relationship to Judaism.
Bucknell University Press’s eighteenth-century publications were recently recognized and recommended in the current issue of Studies in English Literature. In the review by Jenny Davidson, professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, she thanks Bucknell University Press for “continuing to do a deep service to our field by publishing monographs and reissuing them in paperback wherever possible.”
Here are the publications mentioned in Professor Davidson’s review:
“(This book) fills a significant gap in the critical literature and touches on moments both familiar and relatively obscure in the history of Anglo-Scottish literary interactions over the long eighteenth century.”
“A fascinating and illuminating book.”
“I found DeGabriele’s readings of novels stimulating and often persuasive.”
“I think (this volume) represents essentially the best-case scenario for the edited collection of literary criticism that is organized not for a series or as primarily a teaching tool but as the best way of compiling a field’s state of knowledge on an emerging topic… (it) remains an indispensable resource for scholars working on a host of topics related to the it-narrative and the animated objects of eighteenth-century literature.”
“An important and thought-provoking collection.”
“(The editor) has assembled an intriguing volume of essays whose authors consider the role of emotion in eighteenth-century English legal theory.”
“A number of brilliant essays here.”
“(Its) stated goal of bringing ‘the history of sexuality into contact with the history of reading’(p12) has already proved generative for other scholars.”
Other BU Press publications that are mentioned by Professor Davidson include:
by Tong Tong, 2016-2017 Cynthia Fell Intern
June is here and with it brought National Pen Pal Day on the 1st. While with the rise of technology having a pen-pal might seem to be a thing of the past, it is something I still partake in with a few close friends and family members. In the age of texting and emailing, receiving a letter feels that much more special and personal. There is just something about seeing someone’s handwriting and knowing that they took to the time out of their day to write to you that is irreplaceable.
Letters have always been significant, not just to the people sending and receiving them, but to historians as well. They are valuable records that act as time capsules. Throughout the centuries they have been used to analyze and discover the personality of some of history’s most notable figures and improve our comprehension of what it was like to be alive during various eras. Through letters we have been able to form the face behind some of the greatest writers and give context to their writing. This can be seen in some of the books in our collection. From the Forbidden Garden: Letters from Alejandra Pizarnik to Antonio Beneyto edited by Carlota Caulfield (2003) is an assemblage of letters written by the Latin poet that paint a portrait of Pizarnik’s self-discovery and her artistic nature. They consist of detailed drawings and doodles she sent to her correspondent. Collected Writings of Charles Brockden Brown: Letters and Early Epistolary Writings, Volume 1 edited by Philip Barnard, Elizabeth Hewitt and Mark L. Kamrath (2013) include 179 letters written by Brown that showcase his personal life and the revolutionary era he lived in. His pen-pals included Thomas Jefferson and Albert Gallatin. Gender, Authenticity, and the Missive Letter in Eighteenth-Century France: Marie-Anne de La Tour, Rousseau’s Real-Life Julie by Mary McAlpin (2006) examines the relationship between pen-pals Marie-Anne de La Tour and the famous Jean-Jacques Rousseau. McAlpin studies what these letters reveal about the character of the philosopher and de La Tour. If it weren’t for their letters, we wouldn’t have as deep an understanding of these writers outside of their writings.
So in honor of National Pen Pal Day, try sending a letter to a friend or family member. Or use one of the many sites you can find online to set you up with a pen pal from around the world. I guarantee it will brighten their day. And who knows, maybe years from now your letter will end up crossing the path of someone hoping to understand more about living in the 21st century.
For the past year at the Bucknell Press, three days a week I would enter the hobbit hole in the basement of Taylor Hall and be welcomed by rooms of books. Truly, the perfect place to work for any book lover. Not only to work among these shelves filled with texts, but to see a section of the history of the Press through its published works, ranging back to the early 1970s.
When I first arrived at the Press, a yearlong project I was given was to scan all the books missing from the MLA bibliography from the past decade so they could be added to it. Exciting, I know. But as I looked through the shelves, it quickly became fascinating. I loved discovering the works reviewed, edited, discussed, and published here. From Monkey Farm by Donald Dewsbury to Editing Lives by Jesse G. Swan, each day at work brought new finds.
Another project started through the Press was the creation of The Humanities Review, an academic journal for students. Part of the Bucknell Press internship is to create a project, and, as it was still early in the first semester I hadn’t considered what I would do. But one day, the director of the Press came to me with the idea to start a journal. To offer students a place to send in critical essays which would be reviewed by a board of their peers and hopefully published in an issue. As one aspect I’ve quite enjoyed at the Press is the board meetings where members decide which works to publish, to be able to help lead that process and to evaluate essays and publish them, is exciting. The process of evaluation, understanding what works and doesn’t, how this or that should be changed or added or taken out in the context of writing and words themselves, has always been a fascination of mine. It’s why I choose to work in publishing and wish to be an editor.
Part of my Press duties, as well, has been to write for the blog. Each month I got to choose a topic and look through the Press’s published books to find what fits within the theme. One of my favorites was definitely Monkey Day, both because who isn’t a fan of monkeys and it stood out as an oddity in the Press collection, but each month allowed another exploration into a topic where I, more often than not, didn’t know much of the history. And, again, I got to explore the past of the Bucknell Press while learning something new.
With a mother as a writer, I’ve grown up with an interest in publishing, although more the editorial rather than actual writing-a-book side. The past two summers I’ve interned for large companies in New York, working in genre fiction, and while I love those opportunities and will continue to go after them, neither had the intimacy of the smaller press that I’ve come to prefer. Walking into the office and personally knowing each of your colleagues is a treat hard to come by at a massive publisher.
Plus, throughout this year, my interest in academic publishing has grown tenfold. My first love will always be fiction because I love a good story, but I never looked at works of scholarship beyond using sources for my class essays. But now, understanding the process behind them, from both the authors and the publisher, I have a high appreciation for the texts as a whole, rather than a quote, and it definitely puts me in mind to read through a few on my own.
After my own lovely experience here at the Bucknell University Press, I wish next year’s student the same luck and happy internship.
“Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapon” – Malala Yousafzai
Celebrating authors, publishers, illustrators, books, and reading, World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, is the largest worldwide celebration of books. Begun in 1995 by UNESCO, the event was created to promote reading, publishing, and copyright, and it is truly the perfect celebration for Bucknell Press and anyone who likes a good book.
Celebrated in most of the world on April 23, the date was originally connected to books by booksellers in Catalonia, Spain in 1923. Valencian writer Vicente Clavel Andrés chose it to honor author Miguel de Cervantes who died on an April 23. However, several other authors, such as William Shakespeare, Vladimir Nabokov, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, died or were born on that date.
On this day, make sure to take the time to spend with a good book and to consider the cultural and social value books and publishing create so that you can take the value of books and literacy with you throughout your life. Still today, books are burned and schools are attacked. With literacy essential in empowerment and books necessary for freedom of expression as well as the spread of information, recognize the power that a book can hold.
Globally, cities have taken this to heart. Since 2000, World Book Capital City, inspired by World Book and Copyright day, occurs where a city is chosen to uphold the ideals of World Book Day until the following year’s celebration and a new city is chosen to promote reading in its population. For 2015, it was Incheon, South Korea and this 2016 it changes to Wrocław, Poland. With the event celebrated in over 100 countries and by millions of people, almost all regions of the world have been touched by this event and the love for books.
And check out this page to see what events UNESCO has for you.
Message from UNESCO’s Director-General for 2015:
World Book and Copyright Day is an opportunity to recognise the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them.
As global symbols of social progress, books – learning and reading — have become targets for those who denigrate culture and education, who reject dialogue and tolerance. In recent months, we have seen attacks on children at school and the public burning of books. In this context, our duty is clear – we must redouble efforts to promote the book, the pen, the computer, along with all forms of reading and writing, in order to fight illiteracy and poverty, to build sustainable societies, to strengthen the foundations of peace.
UNESCO is leading the fight against illiteracy, to be included as a crucial ingredient of the Sustainable Development Goals to follow 2015. Literacy is the door to knowledge, essential to individual self-esteem and empowerment. Books, in all forms, play an essential role here. With 175 million adolescents in the world -– mostly girls and young women — unable to read a single sentence, UNESCO is committed to harnessing information and communication technologies, especially mobile technology, to support literacy and to reach the unreached with quality learning.
Books are invaluable platforms for freedom of expression and the free flow of information – these are essential for all societies today. The future of the book as a cultural object is inseparable from the role of culture in promoting more inclusive and sustainable pathways to development. Through its Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, UNESCO is seeking to promote reading among young people and marginalised groups. We are working with the International Publishers Association, the International Booksellers’ Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions to support careers in publishing, bookshops, libraries and schools.
This is the spirit guiding Incheon, Republic of Korea, which has been designated World Book Capital 2015, in recognition of its programme to promote reading among people and underprivileged sections of the population. This designation takes effect on World Book and Copyright Day and will be celebrated with participants from the previous title-holder, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
With Incheon and the entire international community, let us join together to celebrate books as the embodiment of creativity, the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding, dialogue and tolerance. This is UNESCO’s message on World Book and Copyright Day.