Monthly Archives: October 2012

Meet the Little Magazine Project (US)

Not to be confused with the Little Magazines Project in the UK, The Little Magazine Project is in a start-up phase at the University of Iowa, under the direction of James Elmborg, associate professor at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa.  It looks like it’s going to be dedicated to mimeographed poetry magazines from the 1960s.  There is some more information here and a short YouTube clip here.

10 Voyant Tools Corpora of 9 MJP Magazines

I spent the day preparing Voyant Tools corpora for an in-class lab tomorrow. The following links lead to a chronological corpus of all 9 magazines currently offering TEI XML files in the MJPLab Sourceforge site. I also broke them down and offered individualized corpora by magazine to facilitate comparative analysis.

To make the datasets, I used a regular expression in TextWrangler to strip all the tags out of the XML files, and then used a command line script to batch rename them. The first attempt at the comprehensive corpus resulted in weird results on account of Voyant’s ordering the files alphabetically, so I manually renamed all 508 of them to place the publication date (yyyy-mm-dd) at the beginning of the naming convention to keep the representation of materials chronological. The individual magazine corpora are chronological on account of the volume and issue numbers having been part of the naming convention first used by Mark Gaipa.

MJP Corpora at Voyant Tools

Inside Higher Ed Covers Coburn Story

Find the piece here.

The Rise and Fall of Duke Magazine

The latest issue of Book History includes an article on Duke, the short-lived men’s magazine for an African-American audience.   Here is the abstract for “Race, Respectability, and the Short Life of Duke Magazine” by Kinohi Nishikawa. Continue reading

The Modernist Journals Project Responds to Senator Coburn

Robert Scholes, co-director of the Modernist Journals Project, has written a response to Senator Coburn, which I am pleased to provide here.

United States Senator Tom Coburn, of Oklahoma, recently released his annual report detailing what he perceives as wasteful federal spending. One of the examples he cites is the Modernist Journals Project.  Senator Coburn says that, in 2012, the Modernist Journals Project (MJP), a joint venture administered by Brown University and the University of Tulsa, was awarded $270,000 in federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Senator is wrong about this. The NEH spent $132,000, and the universities of Tulsa and Brown spent $134,000 on this particular grant. The Senator also mentions other grants for the MJP over nine years, totaling a bit over $600,000 which he says came from NEH. But Tulsa and Brown also paid almost half of those funds as cost sharing. Continue reading

First Big Bird, now Little Magazines?!?: Sen.Tom Coburn Goes After the MJP

In what must be the most surreal news of the week, perfectly timed to the MSA conference in Las Vegas, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has identified the Modernist Journals Project as #79 on his list of 100 items for the 2012 editionof his annual Wastebook, which, to quote the press release, Continue reading

Table of Contents of Oxford History of Modernist Magazines Vol 2: North America

For those of you with $228.27 to spare, the new volume of the Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines Vol 2: North America 1894-1960 has been published.  Table of Contents after the jump. Continue reading

Poetry Magazine Didn’t Need Binders Full of Women

There’s a terrific piece up at Poetry‘s website by Liesl Olson:  “‘In the Middle of Major Men’: The women who edited and defined Poetry magazine.”  Harriet Monroe and, to a lesser degree, Alice Corbin Henderson are fairly well-known, but Olson discusses several other women without whom there wouldn’t have been Poetry.

Meet the Blue Mountain Project: A Digital Archive of Magazines from across Europe

Princeton University Library posted a very exciting announcement today on the MSA listserv.  It’s terrific news for all interested in magazines, modernism, and magazine modernisms in particular.  Here’s the announcement:

The Princeton University Library is pleased to announce the launch of the Blue Mountain Project, an open-access digital thematic research collection of avant-garde art, music and literary periodicals (1848-1923). Drawing together rare material from Princeton’s Art, Music and Rare Books libraries, the Blue Mountain Project will provide high-quality digital images as well as full-text searching, deep indexing of content, detailed metadata and descriptive essays to a broad audience.

With generous support from the NEH, the Blue Mountain Project will make 34 titles available over the next two years.  A full list of these periodicals – which are in English, German, French, Danish, Dutch, Hungarian, Czech and Russian – can be found on the Blue Mountain project page:

Please check the website periodically as we make the journals available, and visit our Facebook page ( or subscribe to our Twitter feed (@bmtnproj) for news and updates about Blue Mountain progress.

Scholars interested in using Blue Mountain materials are encouraged to contact us for collaboration. We will hold a conference at Princeton in Fall 2013, bringing together researchers, curators, librarians and technologists to discuss methods of research and teaching with digitized periodicals.

The Blue Mountain Project can be reached at:


Magazines at MSA 14: 18-21 October 2012, Las Vegas

This year’s MSA is a little lighter on magazine-centric panels than previous years were, but there are a lot of great looking papers.

15. Undistracted Vision: Modern Architecture’s Little Magazines, 1930s – 1950s Red Rock IV Organizer: Sarah M. Dreller (Goucher College and University of Illinois at Chicago) Chair: Roger Rothman (Bucknell University)

Sarah M. Dreller (Goucher College and University of Illinois at Chicago) “Adding plus: An Episode from Time Inc.’s Little Modern Architecture ‘Crusade,’ December 1938-April 1939”

Daniel López-Pérez (University of San Diego and Princeton University) “DISCURSIVE MOODS, Following the Footnotes [and Transformation] of AD and AR from CIAM to TEAM 10 (1953-1962)”

Maria Gonzalez Pendas (Columbia University) “Constructions of Realism in Serra d’Or: An Architectural Critique of Silence in Franquista Spain”

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