Item 19 - Printed prospectus of the Review of English Studies

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Printed prospectus of the Review of English Studies

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  • 20 Feb. 1924 (Creation)

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THE REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES

The need for a quarterly review specially devoted to English literary scholarship has long been recognised in this country, and it has been felt as something of a disgrace that, while Germany can support two periodicals dealing solely with English studies, England itself has hitherto been without one. Apart from the publications of the English Association, which do not take the form of a quarterly, there is only The Modern Language Review. This, for the past eighteen years, has done admirable work in the field of English Language and Literature; but it is evidently impossible for a journal with so wide a scope to meet all the requirements of those to whom English is of paramount importance.

It is therefore proposed, if sufficient support can be obtained, to establish a new “Review of English Studies” which will, it is hoped, remove this reproach, will serve as a means of inter-communication for all students of the subject, and by bringing work already done to the knowledge of those who are interested will assist in the progress of further study.

It is intended that the chief attention of the Review shall be devoted to research in all departments of the subject, modern as well as mediaeval, and it is hoped that it may become the recognised medium for the announcement of discoveries and the publication of the results of investigation. From time to time, articles of a more general nature will give an account of recent progress in the various branches, or will discuss the relation of English to other studies and to the intellectual life of the country. It is also intended to print articles dealing with methods of research.

An attempt will be made to review, within a reasonable time of publication, all books of any importance which bear on the subject, and also, by means of brief notes or summaries, to direct attention to discoveries or investigations which may be published in other periodical literature, in America or on the Continent of Europe as well as here. All articles, notes, and reviews will be carefully and fully indexed, in such a way that a file of the Review may present as complete a view as possible of work done on the whole subject.

Accounts will be given of important Conferences, Exhibitions, etc., which may be of interest to English students; and important appointments will be recorded. It is intended also to give brief appreciations of the work of those scholars who may pass from among us.

Correspondence, especially information as to work in progress, will be welcomed, and the pages of the Review will be open to inquiries concerning points of difficulty which may arise in the course of research. It is thus hoped to make it not merely a passive record of work done, but a living force in the world of English letters and a real help to those from whom we are to expect work in the future.

Dr. R. B. McKerrow has undertaken the Editorship of the Review, which will be published by Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd. The annual subscription (four numbers) will be 10s. 6s.; single numbers 3s. net each.

It is proposed to form a panel of scholars whose advice and assistance will be at the disposal of the Editor. The following have already agreed to serve:

A. C. BRADLEY, LL.D., Litt.D., F.B.A.
Professor of Poetry in the University of Oxford, 1901-1906. Author of “Shakespearean Trage-dy,” etc., etc.

E. K. CHAMBERS, C.B., D.Litt.
Author of “The Medieval Stage,” “The Elizabethan Stage,” etc., etc.

R. W. CHAMBERS, D.Lit.
Quain Professor of English Language and Literature in the University of London.

R. W. CHAPMAN, M.A.
Editor of “The Novels of Jane Austen,” 1923.

H. B. CHARLTON, M.A.
Professor of English Language and Literature in the University of Manchester.

OLIVER ELTON, D.Ltt.
King Alfred Professor of English Literature in the University of Liverpool.

GEORGE S. GORDON, M.A.
Merton Professor of English Literature in the University of Oxford.

W. W. GREG, Litt.D.
General Editor Malone Society.

H. J. C. GRIERSON, LL.D., D.Litt.
Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature in the University of Edinburgh.

C. H. HERFORD, Litt.D.
Honorary Professor in the University of Manchester.

ALLEN MAWER, M.A.
Baines Professor of English Language and Philology in the University of Liverpool.

EDITH J. MORLEY.
Professor of English Language at University College, Reading.

SIR HENRY NEWBOLT, C.H., LL.D., D.Litt.
Vice-President of the English Association.

ALLARDYCE NICOLL, M.A.
Lecturer in English Language and Literature at King’s College, University of London.

A. W. POLLARD, C.B., F.B.A., D.Litt.
Professor of Bibliography in the University of London.

A. W. REED, M.A.
Reader in English in the University of London.

E. DE SELINCOURT, D.Litt.
Professor of English Language and Literature in the University of Birmingham.

PERCY SIMPSON, M.A.
Lecturer in English in the University of Oxford.

CAROLINE F. E. SPURGEON, Litt.D.
Professor of English Literature in the University of London.

J. DOVER WILSON, M.A.
Joint-Editor of “The New Shakespeare” (Cambridge University Press).

H. C. K. WYLD, B.Litt., M.A.
Merton Professor of English Language and Literature in the University of Oxford.

20.ii.1924.

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