person reading renaissance imgThe Renaissance English Text Society is an informal association of scholars who work together to recover and preserve in carefully edited, unmodernized texts significant non-dramatic writings in English (including original works or translations) from the period 1475-1660. In its publication programs, special consideration is given to works that have never been reprinted or, in the case of manuscripts, never printed.

The Society is the counter-part of the British Malone Society, which publishes dramas and related documents. An International Advisory Council coordinates the Society’s activities with those of the Malone Society and with other societies and scholars throughout the world.

The Renaissance English Text Society welcomes new individual memberships at any time. Dues of $50 US ($35 for graduate students or $750 for a Lifetime membership) for members are payable at the beginning of each calendar year. Each member is mailed, free of charge, the annually published text as a clothbound volume in the last quarter of the year. Also included in the annual dues, again without additional charge, is our occasional publication, New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, a collection of edited papers from RETS-sponsored sessions at various professional meetings. New Ways currently appears every five years.

A complete list of publications may be accessed here. Books may be purchased from the publisher:Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The Renaissance English Text Society welcomes proposals for new publications.

The Society sponsors papers, lectures, or forums at academic conferences. At least one such event occurs each year in conjunction with the national meetings of the Modern Language Association, theRenaissance Society of America, and the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo. Papers presented at these sessions are published in the series New Ways of Looking at Old Texts.

January 2010