Bucknell University Press

Bucknell University Press (BUP) was founded in 1968 as part of a consortium operated by Associated University Presses and is currently partnered with Rowman & Littlefield.[2] Since then it has published more than 1,000 titles in the humanities and social and biological sciences. The first title was published in 1969.[3]

Bucknell University Press
Parent companyBucknell University
Country of origin United States
Headquarters locationLewisburg, Pennsylvania
DistributionRowman & Littlefield (currently)
Rutgers University Press (starting 2018)[1]
Publication typesAcademic publishing
Nonfiction topicsVarious
Official websitehttp://www.bucknell.edu/universitypress

Run by its director and editorial board, the Bucknell Press is an editorially independent organization. The editorial operations of the Press are supported and funded by the office of the Provost at Bucknell University.[4] The current Press Director is Greg Clingham, John P. Crozer Professor of English at Bucknell University.

The Press receives hundreds of proposals and inquiries a year and considers for publication about 70 manuscripts from authors all over the world. It publishes an average of 35 books per year.

About the Press

Traditionally the Press's strengths have been in English and American literature, French literature, German literature, Hispanic Studies, philosophy, and religion, though its work is highly interdisciplinary, including scholarship in cultural studies and other sub-disciplines in the humanities.

The Press maintains headquarters in Taylor Hall on the Bucknell University campus in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Press directors

  • J.F. Carens 1968–1972
  • Michael Payne 1972–1976
  • Mills F. Edgerton 1976–1996
  • Greg Clingham 1996–present[5]

Current Editorial Board

  • Greg Clingham (English)
  • Isabel Cuñado (Spanish)
  • Manuel Delgado (Spanish)
  • Carmen Gillespie (English and the Griot Institute for Africana Studies)
  • Param Bedi (Library and Information Technology)
  • James Goodale (History)
  • Amy McCready (Political Science)
  • Alice Poust (Spanish)
  • John Rickard (English)
  • Gary Sojka (Biology)
  • Jeffrey Turner (Philosophy)
  • Slava Yastremski (Russian and Comparative Humanities)

Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group

In July 2010, the Press joined with Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, an independent and international publisher of academic, trade, and popular books.[6] Rowman & Littlefield are largely responsible for the production and worldwide distribution of books, and for issuing contracts for accepted manuscripts.


Guidelines for manuscript submissions can be found on their website.

Past series

Bucknell Review

From 1954 until 2004, the Press published the Bucknell Review , a biannual scholarly journal of letters, arts and sciences, which ceased publication after 47 volumes.[7] The Bucknell Review was published in hardback and paper cover and included work from some of the leading scholars in the humanities of the time. It was under the long editorship of Harry Garvin that the journal came to prominence. Bucknell Review evolved out of Bucknell University Studies (1949–1954). It was succeeded by Aperçus: Histories Texts Cultures in 2004.

Bucknell Review General Editors

  • Gladys Cook 1954–1957
  • Harry Garvin 1957–1984
  • Michael Payne 1984–1990
  • James Heath 1984–1985
  • Mark Neuman 1986–1987
  • Richard Fleming 1986–1987
  • Pauline Fletcher 1990–2002
  • Greg Clingham 2002–2004[8]

Bucknell Series in Contemporary Poetry

In the 1990s, the Press published a series of books of poetry in conjunction with the Stadler Center for Poetry, also located on the Bucknell University campus.

Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Including 51 titles between 1999 and 2010, this series produced solid and transformative work in interdisciplinary eighteenth-century studies. Titles addressed critical, historical, theoretical, and cultural considerations as they touched the lives and work of particular writers and societies in eighteenth-century Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, and the Americas.

Irish Writers series

In the 1970s, the Press published the Irish Writers Series,[9] under the editorship of J.F. Carens. The series consisted of studies of more than 40 Irish writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Each volume gives a full account of an Irish writer's career and major works, and considers the writer's background in relation to his or her writings as a whole.

Given the strong renewal of interest in Irish Studies over the past decade, the Bucknell University Press has commenced a Contemporary Irish Writers series under the editorship of John Rickard, professor of English at Bucknell University.

Current series

Bucknell Press maintains eight series of books in the humanities and social sciences:

Aperçus: Histories Texts Cultures

These guest-edited volumes, featuring critical, historical, and theoretical essays by individual scholars, address important contemporary issues in the humanities. Revisionist in intention, the series explores the connections among historiography, culture, and textual representation, in a variety of disciplines, in order to open up new possibilities for interdisciplinary humanistic knowledge.

Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory

Dealing with far-reaching questions of history and modernity, language and selfhood, and power and ethics, Latin American literature sheds light on the many-faceted nature of Latin American life, as well as on the human condition as a whole. This series of books provides a forum for some of the best criticism on Latin American literature in a wide range of critical approaches, with an emphasis on works that productively combine scholarship with theory. Acknowledging the historical links and cultural affinities between Latin American and Iberian literatures, we welcome consideration of Spanish and Portuguese texts and topics while also providing a space of convergence for scholars working in Romance studies, comparative literature, cultural studies, and literary theory.

Contemporary Irish Writers

This is a newer, more theoretically-informed incarnation of the tried-and-true format established by the Bucknell Irish Writers series of the 1970s. This series offers monographs introducing a significant contemporary Irish author's life and work and a general discussion of interpretive issues and strategies for understanding this work.

The Griot Project Book Series

The Griot Project Book Series consists of scholarly monographs and creative works devoted to the interdisciplinary exploration of the aesthetic, artistic and cultural products and intellectual currents of historical and contemporary African America and of the African diaspora. It uses narrative as a thematic and theoretical framework for the selection and execution of its projects.

New Studies in the Age of Goethe

Sponsored by the Goethe Society of North America, the New Studies in the "Age of Goethe" series seeks to publish innovative, interdisciplinary research on Goethe that contextualizes the "Age of Goethe" within the fields of literature, history, philosophy, art, music, or politics.[10] The general editor is Jane Brown, Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor of Western Civilization and Professor Emerita of Germanics and Comparative Literature, University of Washington.

Stories of the Susquehanna Valley

Stories of the Susquehanna Valley is an emerging environmental humanities series that seeks to articulate the largely under-documented cultural narratives of the Susquehanna Valley in central Pennsylvania. General editors of the series are Katherine Faull and Alf Siewers. By using current theoretical models in cross-disciplinary environmental studies, specifically focusing on the key relationships between narrative and the environment, the series seeks to provide a holistic voice to the broader river valley and create a stronger sense of place and pride in the local and regional communities tied together by the Susquehanna River.

Studies in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

Under the general editorship of Richard B. Sher of NJIT and Rutgers, the series is dedicated to producing lively, interdisciplinary scholarship on a wide variety of topics related to eighteenth-century Scotland.

Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650–1850

Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650–1850 is a series in comparative, intercultural studies in early modern and eighteenth-century studies as they extend to the present time. Transits aims to provide transformative readings of the literary, cultural, and historical interconnections between Britain, Europe, the Far East, Oceania, and the Americas in the long eighteenth century. The series also considers "global" perspectives of time, space, nature, economics, politics, environment, and material culture. The series is edited by Professor Greg Clingham. This series replaces the "Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture" series, which ran at the Press from 1996–2010.

Recent notable publications

Kay Pritchett's 2011 book, In Pursuit of Poem Shadows: Pureza Canelo's Second Poetics, won the South Central Modern Language Association 2012 Book Prize. Pritchett is a Professor of Spanish at the University of Arkansas.


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