Director Named Co-Editor of Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 5, US to 1860

Ronald J. Zboray, CLST Director and Professor of Communication, and Mary Saracino Zboray, Visiting Scholar in Communication, signed a contract with Oxford University Press (UK) in July 2014 to co-edit the Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 5, US Popular Print Culture to 1860.  The General editor of the nine-volume series is Professor Gary Kelly of the University of Alberta, who has set forth the guiding principles of the work in the two volumes published so far: vol. 6, US Popular Print Culture, 1860 to 1920, edited by Christine Bold, vol. 1, Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland until 1660 (winner of the Bainton Literature Prize), both published in 2011.
 
The Zborays' volume will have about forty contributors from across disciplines, including Communication, Cultural Studies, English, History, Journalism, Library Science, Music, and Women's Studies.  One scholar who reviewed the volume's proposal predicted it will "be an essential and lively contribution, of value to scholars, students, and more generally interested readers," and noted that "Mary Saracino Zboray and Ronald J. Zboray are extremely well respected scholars who have a long track record in print culture studies, with particularly innovative contributions to the material reconstruction of the production and circulation of print and to interdisciplinary analyses which reach across media studies, book history, social history, literary studies, and American Studies, among other fields."  The other proposal reviewer commented that the "Zborays are prolific scholars of antebellum print culture, with a number of highly regarded monographs and essays to their credit. Their knowledge of the field is impressive, and I think that they have put together an excellent table of contents, with some of the very top names in the field as prospective authors, together with some smart emerging scholars."  The volume is expected to be published in 2018.