Please direct all enquiries, proposals and MSS to the General Editor per email.
Call for Proposals and MSSSome Desiderata (Note: the Editors encourage additional suggestions).
Textual and descriptive bibliographical studies; indices and dictionaries
of rhymes, similes, repetitions, grammatical and rhetorical forms
- Biographical studies of figures in Spenser's circle
- Texts -- various, including imitations and appropriations
- Historically grounded studies of Spenser's aesthetics and his
aesthetic impact on his contemporaries, his ethics, allegory, religion
- Studies in Spenser's prosody, metrics, lexis, stanzaic form,
typographical parameters, rhetoric, diction, syntax, vocabulary, rhyme, etc.
- Studies of influences, borrowings, direct imitations and appropriations;
Spenser's books; book history
- Scholarly assessments of the state of the field and its history,
taking stock after post-structuralism
Guide for AuthorsMonographs: The Manchester Spenser includes the possibility of shorter and longer monographs. Whereas around 200 pages has tended to become practically standard for a monograph, the highly concentrated short monograph is revived; and while great length is only tolerable where fully justified, length is not in itself an obstacle.
Short, concentrated monographs of between circa 40 and 80 pages are welcome; groups of these, by authors on various subjects, being bound in a volume from time to time as need arises. This form, neither journal article nor book, once common, is encouraged.
Texts:The Manchester Spenser aims to publish two genres of edited texts:
Sophisticated, and authoritative editions with full surveys of variora, collation, bibliography, etc, where this is a desideratum.
Trustworthy texts lightly edited, annotated and glossed, suitable for, but not restricted to classroom use, with very full and authoritative critico-historical Introductions to the specific work and the author, serving in their opening sections the undergraduate audience, and in later sections as reference tools for the professional audience. These may be collaborative works, and academics willing or eager to edit a text, but less willing to write an Introduction are encouraged to contact the General Editor.
Reference Works and Tools: Proposals for Reference Works and Tools of all varieties are welcome.
Occasionally, collections of original articles may be published.
Notes for Authors
- All enquiries and suggestions for titles should be to the General Editor
in the first instance per email.
- MSS should not be sent until a proposal or enquiry has been submitted.
- Emails should be clearly marked The Manchester Spenser in the subject line,
to avoid spam filtering.
- In case no acknowledgement of an enquiry is received within seven days,
a follow-up enquiry should be sent.
- Notes, references and bibliographies should be internally consistent.
- The Manchester Spenser would not normally publish PhD theses,
nor collections of previously published articles.
J.B. Lethbridge (General Editor)
Matthew Frost (Editor, Manchester University Press)