Legenda is a book imprint jointly owned by Maney Publishing, a leading independent academic publisher, and the Modern Humanities Research Association, one of the UK’s most important learned societies. There are details here of 302 titles by 920 scholars from across the world, and many more are in preparation. Titles range from medieval texts to contemporary cinema and form a widely comparative view of the modern humanities, including works on Arabic, Catalan, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Yiddish literature. An Editorial Board of distinguished academic specialists works in collaboration with leading scholarly bodies such as the Society for French Studies and the British Comparative Literature Association.
Legenda was founded in 1995 by a group of scholars led by Malcolm Bowie (1943-2007), then Marshal Foch Professor of French at Oxford, and subsequently Master of Christ’s College, Cambridge. Pushed forward energetically by its first manager, Kareni Bannister, Legenda published at a steadily more rapid pace. By October 2004, it had outgrown its roots within the European Humanities Research Centre of the University of Oxford, and the present partnership was formed to enable it to grow into a national and international institution. But the current managing editor, Dr Graham Nelson, continues to be based in Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St Anne’s College.
The chair of the Editorial Board today is Colin Davis, Professor of French at Royal Holloway University of London. His predecessors, Martin McLaughlin, Fiat-Serena Professor of Italian at Oxford, and Ritchie Robertson, Taylorian Professor of German, remain active as members of the Board.