Many of the mechanical details involved in producing American Literary Scholarship have changed since my first effort as editor for the 1986 volume. The preprint of the MLA International Bibliography, once delivered as several pounds of tractor-feed computer sheets, is now a weightless computer file, and the paper manuscripts that arrived by mail are now mostly computer files sent as e-mail attachments. But with all these technological changes, the crucial intellectual heart of AmLS remains as it always has been: active scholars committing their professional knowledge, their judgment, and their time to this vital resource. Often they set aside other work to participate; just as often they eventually withdraw to return to that other work, to embark on new projects, or to take on editorial or administrative responsibilities. I began my foreword to the 1986 volume with an inventory of changes in the authorship of individual chapters. That element of AmLS also remains constant: contributors depart, and others take their places.
The number of changes between the current volume and next year’s is great, and several of them are also unique in the long history of this series. For the first time several contributors to the major author and period chapters hold continuing academic appointments outside the United States: Joseph C. Murphy, who will take over the Willa Cather portion of “Wharton and Cather” in AmLS 2015, is affiliated with Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, and Anne Dewey, who will replace Jim Cocola in preparing “Poetry: The 1950s to the Present,” teaches at the Madrid (Spain) campus of Saint Louis University. Also for the first time, [End Page vii] father and son will collaborate: David Sauer, who has prepared “Drama” since 2010, will be joined next year by his son Geoffrey Sauer, Iowa State University. Todd Richardson, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, will succeed Robert D. Habich in “Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, and Transcendentalism.” Michelle Kohler, Tulane University, will assume the Emily Dickinson portion of “Whitman and Dickinson” from Dan Manheim. Annarose Steinke, University of Nebraska at Kearney, steps in for Patrick R. Query in preparing the T. S. Eliot portion of “Pound and Eliot.” Scott Slawinski, Western Michigan University, replaces Theresa Strouth Gaul for “Literature to 1800.” Roark Mulligan, Christopher Newport University, will undertake “Late-19th-Century Literature,” a chapter so capably prepared for the past eleven years by Nicolas S. Witschi. In “International Scholarship” Anna Linzie, Örebro University, succeeds Jenny Bonnevier in covering Swedish publications in the “Nordic Contributions” section; Melina Vizcaíno-Alemán, University of New Mexico, takes over the biennial “Spanish Contributions” section from Deborah Cohn; and Philipp Löffler, Universität Heidelberg, reinstitutes the “German Contributions” section, last prepared in 2013 by Michaela Sawyer. I extend my thanks both to departing colleagues for their generous and valuable contributions to AmLS and to continuing and new participants.
Gary Scharnhorst and I appreciate the resources provided for our work by Indiana University and the University of New Mexico, the assistance of Helen Slavin and her staff in the MLA Office of Bibliographic Information Services for again providing the preprint of the International Bibliography for our use, and the care and attention of Cindy Borch, Charles Brower, and their colleagues at Duke University Press in seeing this volume from relative chaos to completion. In the past I could also have named many other individuals who helped along the way: they are now invisible to us, hidden behind the incredible search engines, online catalogs, and electronic encyclopedias on which we depend.
Authors and publishers can assist us in making AmLS as comprehensive as possible by directing offprints, review copies, and publication notices to me at 495 Lake Dornoch Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374. [End Page viii]