Happy Anniversary to “Literary & Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity”

Posted by Erika Gaffney, Publishing Manager

Ten years ago this month, Ashgate inaugurated the book series Literary & Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity under the General Editorship of Mary Thomas Crane (Boston College) and Henry Turner (Rutgers University).  The series was established to publish groundbreaking work on the relations between literary and scientific discourses in Europe during a period when both fields were in a crucial moment of historical formation. 

One decade on, the series has seen publication of two dozen titles, including monographs, essay collections and critical editions.  Of these, three have won or been shortlisted for five book prizes:

Diane McColley, Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell

Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell

Winner, Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2008

Winner, the Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford Award, 2007

Kevin Killeen, Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern England

Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern England

Winner, Council for College and University English Book Award, 2010

Shortlisted for the History of Science Society’s Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize, 2010

Leah Knight, Of Books and Botany in Early Modern England

Of Books and Botany in Early Modern England

Winner, British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) Book Prize, 2009

Congratulations to Mary Crane and Henry Turner, and thanks for the hard work, dedication and intellectual rigor they have devoted to this series.  Congratulations and thanks also to the authors whose work, whether an essay or a full length book, has been accepted for publication in this series. And a hearty thanks to our external evaluators, whose hard work, skill and experience contribute so much to the quality of the books published in this series.  To protect the anonymity of peer reviewers, of course, we name no names, but you know who you are!

On the occasion of the series’ tenth anniversary, we present online a written interview with the series editors.

Here’s to the next decade of “Literary & Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity”!

More information about the series—including a complete list of titles published to date and submission guidelines.

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