Note from the President

Welcome to the Andrew Marvell Society


It’s a pleasure to be writing this presidential note from the reading room at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, where I’ve spent the last few weeks ranging over Marvell’s writings and refreshing myself on the critical tradition that surrounds them. Outside Juliana may be withering the grass, but the Folger reading room is eternally cool and green. Soon enough, alas, the calendar turns to August, and the rhythms of the academic year will begin to assert themselves yet once more.

In 2017-18 the Marvell Society sponsored panels at the annual meeting of the RSA in New York and at the South-Central Renaissance Conference, which met last year in Atlanta. I’d like to thank all the presenters and organisers who made those occasions so successful, in particular our outgoing president, Alex Garganigo, who provided the Society with two years of superb guidance and leadership as chair of the executive committee. For 2018-19, the Society will again be sponsoring panels at those same meetings: at RSA Toronto (March 17-19) and SCRC Lubbock (tentatively April 11-14). Please keep an eye out for CFPs. In future, I would also like to see the Society organise sessions at ASECS: interested parties are invited to write me at the address listed in the ‘Contact’ sidebar.

As I transition into the presidency of the Marvell Society, I am stepping down as editor of the Society’s journal. From 1 August 2018, the new Editor-in-Chief of Marvell Studies will be Professor Ryan Netzley, who teaches in the English Department at Southern Illinois University. Ryan is an exceptionally gifted scholar and I’m delighted that he’s agreed to take over the Society’s publishing operations. He may be reached at

The four hundredth anniversary of Marvell’s birth in 2021 is also now officially on the horizon. I would be very glad to hear from anyone planning or participating in anniversary-related programmes so that members can be kept abreast of what’s going on. The Society will also be coordinating a series of panels and events to celebrate and promote the work of our namesake poet from Hull.

If you’re already a member of the Society, please stay in touch, read the emails, encourage colleagues and students to join the mailing list, and share the Society’s tweets and announcements on social media. If you’re not currently a member but would like to become part of our community, join today for free!

Yours in Marvell,


July 2018