The Department of English, University of Florida, presents a lecture by
Lindsey Waters
Executive Editor for the Humanities
Harvard University Press

“Going from Zero to Sixty Miles Per Hour in Six Years:
Getting Published in a Time of Cholera>”

3–5 PM
January 28, 2002

Ruth McQuown Room (219 Dauer Hall)
University of Florida

Lindsay Waters is Executive Editor for the Humanities at Harvard University Press, where he has worked since 1984. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Minnesota Press, where he worked from 1978 to 1984. He has taught at Chicago State University and the University of Minnesota. He received his PhD for a dissertation on English and Italian literature from the University of Chicago in 1976.

One of the leading publishers in the humanities in scholarly publishing in the United States, he has written more than more than two dozen articles on poetry, music, and literary theory in scholarly journals, collections of essays, and the popular media such as The Los Angeles Times Book Review and The New York Observer. He coedited the volume Reading de Man: Reading for the University of Minnesota Press, and he edited and wrote an extensive introduction, “The Life and Works of Paul de Man,” for a volume of Paul de Man’s essays entitled Critical Writings 1953–1978, also for the University of Minnesota Press. Writing in The New York Review of Books, Robert Martin Adams called Waters’s “Life” of de Man “brilliant,” and Frank Kermode gave it a favorable review in The London Review of Books.

Waters’s first book appeared in Chinese in 2000 from Peking University Press in Putong Hua (Mandarin) under the title Against Authoritarian Aesthetics: Towards a Poetics of Experience. A lengthy essay about the nature of the intellectual life in the academy as it has been in the last two decades has just appeared under the title of “The Age of Incommensurability.” He is working on a book to follow up his current project. It will be entitled Literary Theory: Another Route. He has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia; and he has made numerous media appearances on television and radio.

Recently, Waters has written a series of essays on the state of scholarly publishing calling into question the idea of the tenure book that have provoked a fair amount of discussion within the academic world and led to publicity in papers from The Boston Globe to The Chronicle of Higher Education. In The Washington Post, Book World editor Michael Dirda has written about Waters’s role in the publishing profession and quoted an observer who made rather grandiose claims about that the effect Waters has had on younger people coming up in the intellectual community: “Lindsay Waters invented my generation. He is the beachhead for French theory in America, the godfather of theory.”