Monthly Archives: February 2011

CFP: William Carlos Williams, MLA 2012

Call for Papers: MLA, Jan 5-8, 2012 (Seattle)
William Carlos Williams’s A Voyage to Pagany and Pagany (1930-1933)

This panel invites papers for a session dedicated to both William Carlos Williams’s A Voyage to Pagany and Williams’s association with the little magazine, Pagany (1930-1933). Abstracts may include, but are not limited to, the following topics: travel writing, transatlantic modernism, cosmopolitanism, expatriates, nativism, romance, realism, landscapes, Paris in the 1920s, American modernism in Italy, collectivities, little magazines, the serialization of White Mule, or Williams in connection to other Pagany contributors, including Dos Passos, Caldwell, H.D. or Zukofsky.

Send 300 word abstracts to by March 10, 2011.

Blogroll Addition: Mimeo Mimeo

Mimeo Mimeo is both a blog and a magazine, so it’s a natural for reades of Magazine Modernisms.  Like several of our recent posts, it covers post-1945 print culture, an area ripe for good, serious research.  Below is the site‘s own description of its mission.

Mimeo Mimeo is a forum for critical and cultural perspectives on artists’ books, typography and the mimeograph revolution. This periodical features essays, interviews, artifacts, and reflections on the graphic, material and textual conditions of contemporary poetry and language arts.

Taking our cue from Steve Clay and Rodney Phillips’ ground-breaking sourcebook, A Secret Location on the Lower East Side, we see the mimeograph as one among many print technologies (letterpress, offset, silk-screen, photocopies, computers, etc.) that enabled poets, artists and editors to become independent publishers. As editors, we have no allegiance to any particular medium or media (tho Mimeo Mimeo is only available in print at this time). We understand the mimeo revolution as an attitude – a material and immaterial perspective on the politics of print.

The Literary Explosion of the 60s (I): The little magazines

During the 40s and the 50s, the American literary scene was the realm of the highbrow quarterlies. The most prestigious journals–Kenyon Review, Sewanee Review or Southern Review, all of them subsidized by universities–were heavily influenced by The New Critics, and it could be said that their primary function was criticism. During the late 40s, the “Berkeley Renaissance” group was influenced by medieval and Renaissance cultures.  In the early 50s, many editors of little magazines still followed a Modernist model , and they would constantly quote T.S. Eliot or Ezra Pound to express their views concerning publishing. The Partisan Review, the Hudson Review, and Poetry were obvious examples of magazines still entrenched in the tradition, while emerging “littles” such as Circle, The Ark, Goad, Inferno, Origin, and Golden Goose were trying to break loose from those Modernist reins. Continue reading

Latest issue of Journal of Modern Periodical Studies

The new issue of JMPS is out!  Lots of great stuff in this issue and, um, an article by yours truly.  I’d love to hear feedback in the comments, as, I’m sure, would the other contributors, many of whom also contribute to MagMods.
Table of contents after the jump.

CFP: Mediamorphosis

“Mediamorphosis:  Print Culture and Transatlantic Public Sphere(s), 1880-1940″

Sept 9-10, 2011
University of Delaware

This two-day symposium will provide a forum for literary scholars, historians, media historians, and art historians to share works-in-progress on the transformations of print media and Transatlantic public spheres at the turn of the twentieth century.  The symposium will feature work that probes artificial literary-historical boundaries, challenges national divisions, traverses the divide between nineteenth- and early-twentieth century print culture, and links texts and or/writers across different genres or sectors of the print media of the period.  There will be ample time for open discussion; there will be no concurrent panels; participants will be expected to attend all sessions.  The symposium is conceived as a follow-up to the 2007 symposium, “Transatlantic Print Culture, 1880-1940:  Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms,” which resulted in an edited collection under the same title (Palgrave 2008).

A wide array of work is welcome, but papers should engage substantially with several of the following areas of common interest:

*advancing our understanding of print culture’s role in the period’s movements for racial, class, and gender equality.

*identifying and theorizing the relationship between print culture, empire, and cross-cultural (transatlantic, transnational) writing, reading, and publishing.

*bringing the theories and methods of material culture studies to bear on the analysis of print artifacts as “objects” or “things.”

*grasping the increasing textual hybridity of the period’s print artifacts, by examining such phenomena as the interactions between illustration and text and the complex collage effects created by advances and experiments in typography and image reproduction.

*developing our knowledge of Anglo-American links, interactions, and networks among writers, publishers, editors, agents, and other participants in the period’s print culture.

*analyzing and theorizing the relationship between transformations in print culture and evolving notions of authorship and the literary, including the role of the nascent academic field of English, in Britain, the United States, and/or the colonies/commonwealth.

Send 500-word abstracts for 20-minute papers by April 15 to:

Job Opening at Univ. of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa seeks a tenure-track entry-level or advanced Assistant Professor of English, commencing August 2011, with research interests in digital humanities and 20th /21st-century literature and culture.   Tulsa is a home to the Modernist Journals Project, an important digital humanities initiative.  The McFarlin Library’s Special Collections have significant 20th-century archival holdings.  We see English as a broad field with fluid boundaries, encompassing interests in film, creative writing, art, media studies, history of the book, women’s and gender studies, periodical studies and other interdisciplinary areas.  Teaching will include departmental courses and graduate seminars, participation in a humanities-based general curriculum and honors program, and service on dissertation committees.

Send letter of application, vita, and dossier to Professor Lars Engle, Chair, Faculty of English, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104-3189.

Digital applications will be accepted and can be emailed to:

Review of applications will begin 25 February 2011 and continue until the position is filled.    The University of Tulsa is an EEO/AA employer.

Bennett is so now.

Bennett, you ask?  Well, that’s Arnold Bennett, of course, quondam best-seller and frequent contributor to The New Age remembered best today as Mrs. Brown’s eternal prom date, thanks to Virginia Woolf.  He’s an interesting figure for magazine modernism studies, who got his start in Tit-Bits and worked in journalism, theater, criticism, and propaganda, as well as fiction.  His play about tabloid journalism, What the Public Wants, which was serialized in McClure’s Magazine (Google Books version here), is playing in New York for the first time since 1922 at the Mint Theater.  Can a broader Bennett revival be far behind?

Image from McClures

Small press and Zine resources

I’ve been coming across a few resources from the late 20th century that resonate with modernist magazine concerns. Here are a couple of Counterculture and Punk resources that may strike your fancy.

For a ’68 take on little journals, here is the first paragraph from the Douglas Blazek review “THE little PHENOMENA” (reprinted in The Portable Sixties Reader 267ff)
“Literature is now a wheel of fire and it’s burning a new cycle into the skulls of more people than ever before—mostly young people who first heard of gas chambers instead of jolly ice cream cones and ferris wheels. There is more direct communication, more involvement in life, more concern for the acts & paths of man in literature than ever before & 90% of this fire is located in the little magazines & small press publications that slither out of ungodly mimeos & bread-sucking offsets & even out of a few ambitious speed-veined hand letterpresesses”

Some of broadsides, manifestos, leaflets, and publications are available through the Digger Archives online.

Pushing forward to Punk subculture, there are quite a few of zines in the Punk Zine Archive, though most of these are dealing directly or indirectly with the music and scene. It has some pretty extensive runs of several of these publications.

If you’re interested in checking out a good recent zine and perhaps bringing it into your classes, I’ve been enjoying Erick Lyle’s On The Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of the City which gathers pieces on San Francisco from his zines including Scam which has recently had its first four issues reprinted by Microcosm.