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Suzanne Keen Named Co-Editor of Prestigious Journal

You might think Suzanne Keen, the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English, would feel her schedule these days is quite full enough, what with her July 1 appointment as the interim dean of the College. But when an esteemed scholarly journal asked her to serve as a co-editor, she couldn’t say no.

Contemporary Women’s Writing “critically assesses writing by women authors who have published approximately from 1970 to the present” and reflects “retrospectively on developments throughout the period, to survey the variety of contemporary work, and to anticipate the new and provocative in women’s writing.”

It is published by Oxford Journals, which is part of Oxford University Press. Suzanne’s new endeavor, which enjoys a worldwide readership, won the Best New Journal award in 2009 from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. And it is healthy enough to have recently increased its publication from two to three times a year and boosted the number of pages.

In announcing Suzanne’s appointment, Susan Stanford Friedman, the director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said, “We are very fortunate to have Suzanne Keen and Emma Parker as the new co-editors; together, they have extensive experience and a great commitment to women’s writing.” Her co-editor is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Leicester, in the United Kingdom.

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