MSA Up-Close is a column we will run until the start of the MSA conference in order to give readers more information on periodical studies related panels at the 2010 conference. We will be posting paper descriptions, abstracts, and panel descriptions; please make comments and raise questions in the Comments section. Our second column features Catherine Keyser’s paper, “The Galloping Charleston: The Physicality of the Female New Yorker Columnists,” which she will present as part of the Celebrity, Embodiment and Modern Authorship panel, which she also organized. Keyser’s short description appears below, followed by an attached abstract.
“The Galloping Charleston: The Physicality of the Female New Yorker Columnist,” 12 November 2010, 1:30-3pm
This paper considers the place of the body in the journalistic personae of Lois Long and Dorothy Parker. I argue that Long and Parker deflate the reign of flapper physicality and exaggerate their own physicality, only to emphasize their professional authority and versatile print masquerades.