1990

Robert L. Patten succeeds Edward Doughtie as Editor; Doughtie joins Monroe Spears as a Consulting Editor.

Featured Article: Lee Erickson, “The Economy of Novel Reading: Jane Austen and the Circulating Library

1991

Diana Hobby retires as Associate Editor; Logan D. Browning is appointed as her successor.

1992

William B. Hunter argues in the Winter issue that De Doctrina Christiana may not be written by Milton; Barbara Lewalski and John T. Shawcross reply. Hunter adds to his case in Winter 1993 and is challenged by Maurice Kelley and Christopher Hill in Winter 1994.

1994

Grant F. Scott publishes his essay “The Muse in Chains: Keats, Durer, and the Politics of Form” in the Autumn Issue.

1995

Hobby fellows2 thumbnailThe Diana Hobby Fellowship, providing “funds for the support of graduate student editorial trainees,” is established. “It is the first endowed graduate fellowship established in English at Rice.” The first Diana Hobby Editorial Fellows begin their service with the Summer issue. They are Yvonne Bruce, Shannon Leonard, and Susannah Mintz.

Photo: Logan Browning and Diana Hobby Fellows.

1996

McDonald thumbnailSally Hubbard retires as Associate Editor/Business Manager and K Krueger McDonald is appointed to the position.

Photo: K Krueger McDonald, former Production Editor, SEL Studies in English Literature

1997

Mark Womack’s essay “On the Value of Lycidas” appears in the Winter Issue.

The Monroe Kirk Spears Award is established to honor the career of the late Professor Monroe K. Spears, sometime editor of the Sewanee Review and Libbie Shearn Moody Professor Emeritus at Rice University. The Award recognizes the essay published in each volume of SEL that achieves the qualities of clarity, economy, and felicity of expression, and that has given the editors the greatest pleasure to read.

1998

Spears Monroe thumbnailOn 23 May Monroe Spears dies. At the end of the year, Edward Doughtie moves from Consulting Editor to member of the Editorial Board.

Featured Article: Douglas A. Brooks, “Sir John Oldcastle and the Construction of Shakespeare’s Authorship

Photo: Former Consulting Editor Monroe Spears

1999

1999 SEL covers thumbnailSEL redesigns the cover, enlarging the feather logo and printing it in different colors for different issues: blue (Winter), green (Spring), red (Summer), gold (Autumn). Subscriptions cost $27.00 for individuals, $60.00 for institutions. SEL contracts with the Johns Hopkins University Press to handle the production, marketing and distribution of the journal and to digitize current issues in the Press’s Project MUSE. Average number of pages per volume over the decade: 883.

Photo: Current cover scheme for SEL Studies in English Literature