Helen Tartar, Editorial Director
Fordham Press books are characterized by virtuoso close reading in combination with theoretical and interdisciplinary ambition and a well-articulated grasp of the specific ways larger questions register in cultural objects—not just as themes, but in their very makeup and possibility. Interests in media and material culture are also reflected in our list, as is a concern with poetics, especially in the new series Verbal Art: Studies in Poetics. The intersections between philosophy, religion, and aesthetic production have long been a special focus for Fordham. Books are judged on how well they formulate and develop theoretical or philosophical questions and what they do with the issues of reading and language as such, without restriction to any particular language.
Henry L. Carrigan, Assistant Director and Senior Editor
From its inception, Northwestern University Press has been at the forefront in publishing important works of scholarship as well as quality works of fiction, nonfiction, and literary criticism. Northwestern University Press is committed to the widest dissemination of scholarship possible, and as such, continues to look at new media and other alternatives to the traditional book as it strives to promote the finest works of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. The Press seeks to publish important works in comparative literature, literary theory and critical theory, early modern literature, and German studies as well as interdisciplinary explorations of translation theory as it impinges upon a rethinking of world literatures. The FlashPoints Series in Literary Studies seeks to publish books that consider literature beyond strictly national and disciplinary frameworks, distinguished by both their historical grounding and their theoretical and conceptual strength. The series is interested in how literature contributes to forming new constellations of culture and history and in how such formations function critically and politically in the present.
Jerome Singerman, Senior Humanities Editor
The University of Pennsylvania Press has long-established lists in interdisciplinary and comparative literary studies from the medieval to the modern, with especial strengths in the earlier periods. Its Material Texts series explores cultural technologies of communication—books, manuscripts, scrolls, films, graffiti, the actor’s voice—with particular attention to the ways that the specific material forms in which linguistic communications are cast affect their meaning; books in the Middle Ages series examine the vernacular literatures of the Latin West in a broader Mediterranean and multicultural setting; the Jewish Cultures and Contexts series includes works that deal with the expression of Jewish identity through dominant and minority languages.
Cathie Brettschneider, Humanities Editor
As the publisher of a long-standing translation series in francophone literature from the Caribbean and Africa, Virginia welcomes studies of these literatures that demand knowledge of French. Similarly, the Press has an established series in Caribbean cultural studies and welcomes work that demands knowledge of the multiple languages in that region—not only French but also Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch.
Lorri Hagman, Executive Editor
The University of Washington Press’s publications in literary studies cover a range of world literatures studied from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, with particular focus on the literatures of Asia (especially China), Scandinavia, and the Middle East. The Literary Conjugations series investigates literary artifacts in their cultural and historical environments.