Monthly Archives: November 2010

MagMods Bookclub Begins!

The Magazine Modernisms blog is pleased to inaugurate our first book club event.  Several times a year we will be selecting new publications in the field of modern periodical studies and inviting contributors to post on the book.  These posts are not intended to be reviews of the book so much as provocative comments and questions, the kind you might raise in a seminar.  We would, in fact, like the book club to work like an on-line seminar, so please comment on the posts and keep the conversation going.  For this first run of the MagMods book club, we’re using our core members, but in future iterations we hope to invite outside contributors. After the initial posts, the author of the book under discussion will be invited to post her own response.

Our first installment of the book club, written by Daniel Worden, appears below.  I’m really thrilled that our first book will be Catherine Keyser’s Playing Smart:  New York Women Writers and Modern Magazine Culture.

Professor Keyser is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Carolina.  She has previously published on Edna St. Vincent Millay and Vanity Fair in American Periodicals (17.1, May 2007) and on New York women writers and their magazine personae in A New Literary History of America (Harvard UP), ed. Werner Sollors and Greil Marcus and has an article forthcoming in Modernist Cultures about Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, and the intersection between theatre and magazine culture in 1920s NYC.

Here is the Rutgers University Press description of Playing Smart: Continue reading

CFP for the 2011 SHARP conference

The CFP for the annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing has been announced here.

The theme, Science & Art, may be of interest to many of us beyond our work in periodicals (e.g. Joyce and the new Physics), but there’s also a suggested theme on the book as a work of art. A panel or paper on periodicals that were meant to be æsthetic objects in their own right (e.g., Camera WorkRhythmThe Little ReviewDYN) might be interesting and eminently reasonable. Sadly, I’m scheduled to be elsewhere this week in July, but I waned to get this out to anyone who might be interested.



MagMods Questionnaire 2

The Magazine Modernisms Questionnaire is reviving a fascinating but largely neglected feature of modern and modernists magazines (see Lori Cole’s post).  Every few months we will feature a prominent scholar in periodical studies and pose the same three questions to them.

1.  How did periodicals become a part of your research and/or teaching?
2.  Why is it important to study and/or teach periodicals?
3.  What is the next step in periodical studies?

The first respondent to the questionnaire was Robert Scholes.  Our second respondent is Adam McKible, Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), where he teaches American and African American literature.  Continue reading

The Digital Gallery: Omeka and Online Art Exhibits

I have been mulling over the notion of creating [digital] periodical art exhibits for some months now. I had wondered what kind of publishing platform could be utilized for such a project and whether it was even possible without a graphic designer and site architect on hand. While other questions still loom (and I will get to those shortly), the recent release of the open-source database software Omeka has been a synchronous event in light of my interest in online exhibits – one that assures me of two things: A. There is a broad need/demand for a publishing platform that allows librarians, museums, scholars, and archivists to organize, curate, and share work with the public. B. Now we can actually do this!  As Matt Huculak mentioned in his report on the Toronto conference and recent developments in digital tools, the new Omeka software appears as if it is going to be an immensely useful and easy way to manage archives and collections, as well as create – you guessed it – digital art exhibits.

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Report: Conference on Editorial Problems. Toronto, ON. October 22-24, 2010

EMiCMagazine folk: there’s a lot going on north of the 49th Parallel these days.
I’ve been asked to report on the annual “Conference on Editorial Problems” held at the University of Toronto and hosted by Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC). The annual conference addresses issues in editorial practices and brings scholars together to discuss current work and theory. This post is divided into four sections: 1. Introduction. 2. EMiC 3. Sean Latham’s Keynote 4. Tools for MODMAGers Continue reading

Structure, Sign, and Word Cloud

Word clouds are an increasingly familiar online tool.  Blogs, library catalogs, even The New York Times . . . the whole world’s using them.  Is modern periodical studies?  Anyone out there done a word cloud for any little magazines?  What would a cloud look like for The Little Review, The Egoist, or The Masses? Here’s one for The Waste Land.

And another one for Woolf’s Jacob’s Room. Continue reading

Latest Issue of American Periodicals

The new issue of American Periodical:  A Journal of History, Critiicsm, and Bibliography is out.  Table of Contents below. Continue reading