Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Start of Periodical Studies?

Google Books has available for free download Algernon de Vivier Tassin’s 1916 study, The Magazine in America.  The book collects the pieces Tassin wrote for The Bookman (US) in 1915 and 1916 on the American magazine’s development from the 18th century to the start of the 20th.

Modernist Journals Project to Add New Titles

The Modernist Journals Project has received an NEH grant to digitize five new titles.  What’s particularly exciting about this news is that they represent a wide spectrum of periodicals.  There is the mainstream McClure’s, which had hundreds of thousands of subscribers in its heyday, and the mid-range (in terms of circulation) smart magazine The Smart Set.  And then there are three magazines often considered littles, although that might be debated with regard to the first of them:  The Masses (1911-1917), Camera Work (1903-1917), and The Seven Arts (1916-1917).

Princeton Launches New Magazine Archive

Cliff Wulfman, Coordinator of Library Digital Initiatives at Princeton University, announced today that The Blue Mountain Project has received an NEH grant to create digital editions of avant-garde European and American arts journals. It’s early days yet, but the BMP already has digitized two magazines, Pan and Ver Sacrum.  Details after the jump. Continue reading

Pulps on Display in NYC

The Palitz Gallery in Manhattan is running a show on pulp magazines.  The exhibition “Orange Pulp:  The Pulp Magazine and Contemporary Culture” runs through April.  There’s a story about it in the the Times today.

CFP: MSA 2012: Lost Modernist Magazines

CFP: The Spectacle of the Archive: Uncovering “Lost” Modernist Magazines; MSA 14, Las Vegas

“Periodical culture has changed the way scholars view literary magazines from the modernist period. Various books on these “little” magazines, such as Suzanne Churchill’sThe Little Magazine Others and the Renovation of Modern American Poetry and Harold J. Salemson’s Tambour: Volumes 1-8 Facsimile Edition have reminded us of the critical importance of understudied journals. Recent studies have also examined overlooked sections within “canonical” little magazines, such as letters to the editor, advertisements, book reviews in magazines like The Dial. This roundtable seeks to bring together scholars who are working on either understudied literary magazines from the modernist period or an understudied section within a “canonical” magazine. What makes these magazines or the sections within them so exciting? Do these magazines encourage us to view modernism in a new light? 200-300 word abstracts as well as a 1-page CV should be sent by 30 March 2012.”

Belinda Wheeler, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
Department of Humanities
Paine College

Imagism Anthologies at the MJP

Robert Scholes has this exciting news from the Modernist Journals Project:

“The MJP is pleased to announce that we now have on line a collection of the Imagist (and Imagiste) anthologies from 1914 through 1917. We will be adding more supporting materials, like an Introduction with links to Imagist materials in various periodicals, but these works are now ready to use in courses that deal with modern American poetry. The Imagist collections can be located through our “Journals” page, but here is the direct link.”