1960

Camden thumbnailProfessor Carroll Camden begins planning for a new journal of literary criticism published by Rice University, to meet the perceived demand for academic journals “devoted to the publication of English studies.” Since the “professional population has far exceeded, proportionately, the increase in periodicals,” backlogs of two or more years are common, and “in many cases” journals have had “to declare a virtual moratorium on acceptances.”

Photo: SEL founder Carroll Camden

1961

First SEL cover thumbnailSEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 is launched. The first review essays are written by Arthur E. Barker (English Renaissance), Frank Kermode (Tudor and Stuart Drama), Donald J. Greene (Restoration and Eighteenth Century), and G. Robert Stange (Nineteenth Century).

18th Century scholar J. Paul Hunter served as a graduate assistant to Professor Camden and worked on the first volume. He pointed out at an anniversary reception that the volume is not continuously numbered because the staff was not aware of that practice.

Featured article: Harry Berger Jr., “The Prospect of Imagination: Spenser and the Limits of Poetry

Photo: Cover of Volume 1, Number 1

1962

The second volume features a trio of influential articles from Maximillian E. Novak, Jack Stillinger and Eugene M. Waith.

1967

Ronald Paulson writes the first of what will eventually be three Review Essays for Summer issues; the other two will appear in 1976 and 1983. Six people have published multiple reviews to date.

1969

J. Hillis Miller publishes a two-part Review of the Nineteenth Century, Autumn 1969 and Winter 1970. Average number of pages per volume during the decade: 621.