Renaissance English Text Society (RETS)

The Renaissance English Text Society is an informal association of scholars who wish to recover and preserve in carefully edited, unmodernized texts significant writings in English (prose or poetry, original works or translations) from the period 1500–1700. In its publication programs special consideration is given to works that have never been republished or, in the case of manuscripts, never published. The Society is thus the counterpart of the British Malone Society, which publishes dramas and related documents.

The Renaissance English Text Society welcomes new individual memberships at any time. Dues of $50 US ($35 for graduate stu-dents) are payable at the beginning of each calendar year. Each member is mailed the annually published text as a clothbound volume in the last quarter of the year. A list of current and previous publications is available in our publications catalog or on the RETS web page. In addition, the Society sponsors occasional papers, lectures, or forums; copies of these are distributed to the active membership. At least one such event occurs each year in conjunction with the national meetings of the Modern Language Association, the Renaissance Society of America, the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, and the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference.

The policies governing the Society are formulated and discussed at open meetings of the membership, held in conjunction with the annual MLA conventions. A letter about the meeting and other Society matters is mailed to the membership in November of each year. Nominations are entertained at the annual meeting for officers and for positions on the Society’s Executive Council and any active member is eligible for nomination and election.

An International Advisory Council coordinates the Society’s activities with those of the Malone Society and with other societies and scholars throughout Canada, Europe, and Australia. This council seeks texts for the Society to publish and is responsible for overseas memberships. Other titles for texts may be proposed by any member at any time. A scholar need not be a member to submit a proposed text or a proposal for a text, although membership is encouraged.

Prospective members should write their Council representative if overseas; dues and memberships for the United States are enrolled by the Society’s Membership Secretary. Orders for previous titles are handled by the Treasurer. Inquiries and proposals for texts should be directed to the Society’s President.

Proposals & Other Inquiries
Arthur F. Kinney (President)
Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies
P. O. Box 2300
Amherst, MA 01004-2300
(413) 577–3600; fax: (413) 577–3605
Email
Memberships, Dues, & Book Orders
Robert E. Bjork (Treasurer and Publisher)
William Gentrup (Membership Secretary)
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Box 874402
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287–4402
(480) 965–5900; fax: (480) 965–1681
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Cheques must be payable to “RETS” in U.S. dollars drawn from a U.S. bank or by international money order. Credit card payment is also available (MC, Visa, Amex, Discover).


Officers
President: Arthur F. Kinney, Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, Amherst
Vice-President: A. R. Braunmuller, University of California, Los Angeles
Secretary: Susan Felch, Calvin College
Treasurer and Publisher: Robert E. Bjork, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Tempe
Membership Secretary: William Gentrup, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Tempe
Past President: W. Speed Hill, City University of New York
Past Publisher: Mario Di Cesare, Ashville, N.C.

Council Members
Michael Denbo, Bronx Community College
Richard Dutton, Ohio State University
Margaret Ezell, Texas A&M University
Roy Flannagan, South Carolina
Jaime Goodrich, Wayne State University
Elizabeth Hageman, University of New Hampshire
Margaret Hannay, Siena College
Ian Lancashire, University of Toronto
Leah Marcus, Vanderbilt University
Arthur F. Marotti, Wayne State University
Steven May, Georgetown College
G. W. Pigman, III, California Institute of Technology
Anne Prescott, Barnard College
Ray Siemens, University of Victoria
Nigel S. Smith, Princeton University
George Walton Williams, Duke University

Liaison Members
Thomas L. Berger, Malone Society
Mary L. Robertson, Huntington Library
Heather Wolfe, Folger Shakespeare Library

International Advisory Council
Peter Beal, Sotheby’s, London
Sergio Rossi, University of Milan
Helen Wilcox, Bangor University, Wales