I’m thrilled to be chairing a roundtable discussion at MLA this year. Organized by Matthew Phillpotts, the panel takes on the problem of theory and periodical studies. It gathers together some of the top figures in periodical studies and is a must for anyone with an interest in periodicals, Victorian and modern print culture, or digital humanities. Magazine Modernisms is also providing access to each of the position papers on this site in five posts following this one.
384. What Is a Journal? Toward a Theory of Periodical Studies
A special session
Presiding: J. Stephen Murphy, New York, NY
For position papers, visit www.ru.nl/esprit/ after 1 Nov or see this site.
Research in periodical studies continues to flourish, yielding numerous projects that take the periodical as an object of inquiry in its own right. Yet the theoretical development of the field remains elusive. This session tackles this weakness, bringing together periodical scholars from different disciplines to address the fundamental conceptual issues raised by this vibrant new field.