In the first twenty years of publication, only four women author Review essays: Patricia M. Spacks (Summer 1964), Kathleen M. Williams (Winter 1968), Barbara K. Lewalski (Winter 1974), and Annabel Patterson (Winter 1980). Professor Williams died in 1974; the other reviewers are still members of the Editorial Board.

Featured Article: Alan Sinfield, “Sidney and Astrophil”


Jonathan Goldberg declares in the Winter 1984 Review Essay that historical criticism and new criticism mistakenly attempt to stabilize texts, whereas structuralism and post-structuralism “restore to criticism the possibility of dealing with our experience of the excess of texts,” the ways in which texts deny “limits” and “ease of access.” At the time this was a revolutionary position for an SEL reviewer to take. The issue also features “The Politics of Astrophil and Stella” by Ann Rosalind Jones and Peter Stallybrass.

In the Summer Issue, Claudia L. Johnson publishes the essay “Samuel Johnson’s Moral Psychology and Locke’s Of Power


First feather thumbnailSEL cover is redesigned and for the first time uses the feather image.

Photo: First issue with re-designed cover


Sally Hubbard thumbnailSally Hubbard becomes a staff member with the title of Assistant Editor and Business Manager.

Jonathan Lamb publishes his essay “The Fragmentation of the Originals and Clarissa

Photo: Sally Hubbard


SEL costs $15.00 for individuals, $20.00 for U.S. institutions, $25.00 for foreign institutions. Average number of pages per volume over the decade: 783.