[Milton-L] Fwd: [SHARP-L] Duquesne University Press closing

Watt, James jwatt at butler.edu
Fri Feb 3 18:49:19 EST 2017


Without knowing anything about the source of the decision to 'shut down' the university press as a 'cost-cutting' measure, and in the absence of any information about faculty involvement in the decision, I have to register a strong suspicion that the origin of the idea and the way those having  it have chosen to 'inform' the faculty of its decision, is aimed at more than cost cutting.

One can imagine asking faculty to assist the press in reducing its budget and considering alt. methods of publication including on-line digital texts that are still peer reviewed and carefully edited for example. And of outreach fund-raising to alumni, to specialty oranizations served by the press, and to authors on their list to rally in support of this long distinguished press. In a word, I smell a (very large) rat.  Can anyone give us more information about this?

James Watt

Allegra Stewart Professor of English (emeritus)

Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

From: milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu <milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu> on behalf of Carol Barton, Ph.D., CPCM <cbartonphd1 at verizon.net>
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I can’t help but remember how many young Miltonists AL gave their first big break (me included). e-Books and apathy . . . I hope people will petition as requested.

Best to all,

Carol Barton

From: Schwartz, Louis<mailto:lschwart at richmond.edu>
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This is very very bad news!

Does anyone know when it actually goes into effect?



Louis Schwartz
Professor of English
Chair, Department of English
University of Richmond
Richmond, VA  23173
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lschwart at richmond.edu
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I'm forwarding this email from Greg Barnhisel on the SHARP list, since it will be of obvious concern to Miltonists.


On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 2:42 PM, Greg Barnhisel <gbarnhisel at verizon.net<mailto:gbarnhisel at verizon.net>> wrote:

The faculty of Duquesne University received an email today stating that the Duquesne University Press is being shut down in a cost-cutting measure.

Duquesne University Press, founded in 1927, has long been one of the most important publishers of scholarly work on John Milton, John Donne, Emmanuel Levinas, and the phenomenological philosophical tradition. Its areas of emphasis reflected the scholarly strengths of the university’s faculty and the Spiritan Catholic mission of the university. It is deeply disappointing to me to learn that the press will be closed, and I know that many of you share this feeling.

I would encourage those of you who have used DU Press books, published with the press, or work in the scholarly fields above, to contact the Press to offer your support and contact the university to protest this decision.

A good contact would be:

Peggy Eiseman, Assistant to Duquesne University President Ken Gormley
eiseman at duq.edu<mailto:eiseman at duq.edu>

Greg Barnhisel
Co-Editor, Book History
Dept. of English
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

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