The MHRA Critical Texts series aims to provide affordable critical editions of lesser-known literary texts that are out of copyright and are not currently in print (or are difficult to obtain).
The texts are taken from the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Titles are selected by members of the distinguished Editorial Board and edited by leading academics.
The aim is to produce scholarly editions rather than teaching texts, but the potential for crossover to undergraduate reading lists is recognized.
There are two named subseries of Critical Texts: Phoenix, covering
18th-century French drama, and Jewelled
Tortoise, covering decadent fin-de-siècle texts.
Proposals are invited from prospective authors who should submit a completed Book Proposal Form. Books should be in the range of 30,000 to 50,000 words.
Journals wishing to review books in this series should please contact
email@example.com to request copies.
Titles are available for direct ordering worldwide online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, et al., and through the usual trade channels (including Bertrams, Ingram, Baker & Taylor).
Authors in this series are not required to raise any subsidy or subvention, but are responsible in the usual way if any rights fees arise from illustrations or other copyright material included.
History.Critical Texts began publishing in 2005. While editions had occasionally
appeared in the Texts and Dissertations as far back as 1970, Critical
Texts marked a resurgence in MHRA's commitment to making texts available. The
series was made possible by an innovative venture into digital on-demand printing,
and became a prototype for MHRA's other series to follow.
Chair: Professor Katherine Astbury (University of Warwick)
English: Dr Stefano Evangelista (University of Oxford)
French: Professor Katherine Astbury (University of Warwick)
Germanic: Professor Ritchie Robertson (University of Oxford)
Hispanic: Professor Ben Bollig (University of Oxford)
Italian: Professor Jane Everson (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Portuguese: Professor Stephen Parkinson (University of Oxford)
Slavonic: Professor David Gillespie (University of Bath)