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  • Joseph Carroll
    I m forwarding an appeal from an editor of a new series on science and literature at Palgrave. She is asking interested scholars to write letters supporting a
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      I'm forwarding an appeal from an editor of a new series on science and literature at Palgrave.  She is asking interested scholars to write letters supporting a paperback edition of a forthcoming book.  (Joe Carroll)
       
       
       
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      Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 5:41 PM
      Subject: Jonathan Gottschall's forthcoming book

      Dear Colleague:  

      Please forgive the impersonality of this e-mail. 

      To compound the offense, I have a request. 

      I got your name from Jonathan Gottschall, who suggested that you are working in the field of evolutionary and cognitive approaches to the arts (or at least sympathetic to it). I am co-editing a series at Palgrave on that very topic and the first book in our series will be Jonathan's wonderful, extremely lively and well-written contribution to the state-of-the-humanities debate, Literature, Science and a New Humanities.  Palgrave has offered Jonathan a contract and now we would very much like to ensure that the book has the biggest print run and the widest audience possible. Palgrave will consider publishing the book in paperback right away if its editors can be convinced that the book will be used in classes. My request is simple:  would you please write a few lines to the senior editor at Palgrave telling her that you would be likely to use his book in your class? I think that would help our cause with Palgrave very much. The e-mail doesn't have to be elaborate--just something she can take to her editorial board to show them how much interest there is out there in the field. 


      Her Name is Farideh Koohi-Kamali and her e-mail address is

      Farideh.Koohi@...

      Jonathan's book has two parts:  a critique of the current state of play in the academic humanities and then a set of specific prescriptions for putting literary study on a more objective footing by data testing. 

      Here is an extract from the jacket copy:

      Literary studies is at a tipping point. There is broad agreement that the discipline is in "crisis"--that its aimless, that its intellectual energy is spent, that all of the trends are bad, and that fundamental change will be required to set things right.  But there is little agreement on what those changes should be, and no one can predict which way things will ultimately tip.  Literature, Science, and a New Humanities represents a bold new response to the crisis in academic literary studies.  It presents a sweeping critique of dominant literary paradigms, and sketches outlines of a new paradigm based upon scientific foundations.  


      I attach, with his permission, a copy of his introduction.  I think it will be a really fantastic book and I want Palgrave to do the right thing and publish it in paperback.

      thank you so much!

      Blakey Vermeule



      Dear Colleague:

      Please forgive the impersonality of this e-mail.

      To compound the offense, I have a request.

      I got your name from Jonathan Gottschall, who suggested that you are 
      working in the field of evolutionary and cognitive approaches to the 
      arts (or at least sympathetic to it). I am co-editing a series at 
      Palgrave on that very topic and the first book in our series will be 
      Jonathan's wonderful, extremely lively and well-written contribution 
      to the state-of-the-humanities debate, Literature, Science and a New 
      Humanities.  Palgrave has offered Jonathan a contract and now we would 
      very much like to ensure that the book has the biggest print run and 
      the widest audience possible. Palgrave will consider publishing the 
      book in paperback right away if its editors can be convinced that the 
      book will be used in classes. My request is simple:  would you please 
      write a few lines to the senior editor at Palgrave telling her that 
      you would be likely to use his book in your class? I think that would 
      help our cause with Palgrave very much. The e-mail doesn't have to be 
      elaborate--just something she can take to her editorial board to show 
      them how much interest there is out there in the field.


      Her Name is Farideh Koohi-Kamali and her e-mail address is

      Farideh.Koohi@...

      Jonathan's book has two parts:  a critique of the current state of 
      play in the academic humanities and then a set of specific 
      prescriptions for putting literary study on a more objective footing 
      by data testing.

      Here is an extract from the jacket copy:

      Literary studies is at a tipping point. There is broad agreement that 
      the discipline is in "crisis"--that its aimless, that its intellectual 
      energy is spent, that all of the trends are bad, and that fundamental 
      change will be required to set things right.  But there is little 
      agreement on what those changes should be, and no one can predict 
      which way things will ultimately tip.  Literature, Science, and a New 
      Humanities represents a bold new response to the crisis in academic 
      literary studies.  It presents a sweeping critique of dominant 
      literary paradigms, and sketches outlines of a new paradigm based upon 
      scientific foundations.


      I attach, with his permission, a copy of his introduction.  I think it 
      will be a really fantastic book and I want Palgrave to do the right 
      thing and publish it in paperback.

      thank you so much!

      Blakey Vermeule

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