Slight change in press name
confirms Universitys support
By Robert Brickhouse
more than rearranging the words. When the University
Press of Virginia became the University of Virginia Press,
starting with this months release of its fall catalog, the
39-year-old publishing house will more clearly define its relationship
with its host institution, said U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III.
by Jenny Gerow
funded by the state legislature, the press is now largely self-funded,
with some direct and indirect support from the University.
a time when some presses have dwindling support, we want to signal
our strong commitment to bringing the highest quality scholarship
to light, whether through print or new digital media, Casteen
said. The press always has been a leader in publishing important
works about the history and politics of the United States, about
literature and other humanities fields, and about the Commonwealth
of Virginia. Of course, all these long-standing interests will
expect this to be a win-win relationship, said Penelope
Kaiserlian, the press director. The press gains support
in its ambitions to become better known nationally, and the University
formally acquires an established book program.
will benefit whenever a book carrying its imprint is reviewed
in a prominent newspaper or journal or the author is quoted in
the media. Our publishing program will benefit from the continued
service of senior faculty as series editors and board members
and from the strengthening of our list in areas where the University
has a great reputation, such as architecture and early American
name will also be on the press new electronic imprint when
it publishes its first works next year, Kaiserlian said. The e-publishing
program, supported by a $635,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation and a matching amount from U.Va., will be the first
devoted exclusively to publishing original, peer-reviewed digital
scholarship in the humanities.
press, which currently publishes 50 to 60 new titles annually
by authors from around the world, received its first funding from
the General Assembly. As it grew, it became largely self-supporting
from sales income and endowment funds, but still received direct
and indirect support from U.Va. in funds and space.
press editorial program features special concentrations
in American history, African-American studies, Southern studies,
literature, ecocriticism and regional books, and it maintains
a backlist of more 1,000 titles in print.
in the press fall catalog also continue the publishers
engagement with the cultural dilemmas of race, ethnicity and power
relations in the U.S., the Caribbean and Africa. These include
Race Man, a biography of John Mitchell Jr., the fighting
editor of the black newspaper, The Richmond Planet; The
Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative; and The John
Brown Legend Revisited by distinguished historian Merrill Peterson,
whose association with the press goes back to its earliest days.