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French Periodical Resource

I’ve been doing research on Guillaume Apollinaire’s magazine, “Les Soirees de Paris,” and I came across the French National Library’s digital site, “Gallica.”For those of us working with French periodicals, this is an invaluable resource. You can download full issues of books and magazines, including La Revue Blanche.

Happy hunting.

If Shakespeare Had a Transistor: A Response to Franco Moretti’s “Network Theory…”

The third participant in the MagMods essay club is Matt Huculak, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University and Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC). His current research examines “the review” as both a literary artefact (a magazine) and as a modernist practice of cultural mediation (“reviewing”)—a site of exchange between elite moderns and the reading public. 

Dramatis Personae
I want to focus on Franco Moretti’s “Network Theory, Plot Analysis” and how it could potentially translate into the theorization of modernist periodical networks. First, I must note (and admit jealousy) that Moretti is working within a rigorous, well-defined space of theorization: the play Hamlet. That is, he has a set of solid data from which to work. Our first problem in the field of modernist periodicals (as noted by Scholes and Wulfman in Modernism in the Magazines) is that no such dataset exists for us. The Modernist Periodicals Database will be an attempt to rectify that situation, but even if it is successful, we are years (perhaps even a decade) away from completing an accurate and “stable” dataset from which to work. Thus, my first question for Dr. Moretti is how useful is this type of network analysis when the network is still being mapped? Continue reading

Esprit: European Society for Periodical Research

I’ve just been told about a new European organization for Periodical Studies: Esprit: The European Society for Periodical Research. They are hosting a conference this December in Manchester that might be of interest to Magmoders:

Periodicals Across Europe
9-10 December 2011

Keynote speakers

Professor Sophie Levie (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
Professor Barbara Mittler (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)
Professor Sascha Bru (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

The conference will be held at The Burgess Foundation, Manchester.

To mark the foundation of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit), the Centre for Periodicals Research at the University of Salford is hosting the Periodicals Across Europe Conference on 9-10 December 2011.  The theme of the conference is the comparative study of European periodicals and periodical cultures, and the conference organizers now welcome proposals for contributions.

We take ‘periodical’ in its widest sense to mean magazines, journals, newspapers and any other form of serial publication.  ‘Comparative study’ is equally broadly defined.  The conference aims to consider the differences or similarities in periodical cultures between European nations and languages; between historical periods; and between European and non-European periodical cultures.  The organizers anticipate that this comparison will arise from the juxtaposition of papers, so individual papers need not be explicitly comparative.  Topics for proposals may include, but are by no means limited to

•    Periodicals and national culture
•    Internationalization of and in periodicals
•    Trans-European periodical culture
•    Europe seen from abroad in periodicals
•    The language of periodicals
•    Cultural exchanges between periodicals
•    Periodical genres (such as the illustrated newspaper; satiric, fiction or poetry magazines; the review; the woman’s magazine; little magazines; trade journals)
•    Imitation/Influence/Borrowing in periodical culture
•    Periodicals and print and image technologies

While we welcome proposals in any of these areas, we seek especially work on non-Anglophone and/or post-1900 periodicals.  While the study of nineteenth-century Anglophone periodicals is well-established, part of ESPRit’s mission is to open up periodical research beyond this field.

In line with ESPRit’s stated aims, the organizers hope to bring together some of the ‘many European scholars in different disciplines—historians, sociologists, literary scholars, media studies scholars—who use periodicals in their work’.  Ideally, the conference will put experienced researchers from the established field in dialogue with more recent arrivals.  Accordingly, we also welcome contributions which are focused on questions of theories and methodologies of periodical research, as well as proposals dealing with teaching periodicals, and the impact of digitization on periodical research.

The organizers are looking for proposals for conference papers of 15-20 minutes length or for panels of related papers.  However, we also encourage proposals which vary from the conventional format; for example, roundtable debates, workshops, posters, etc.

The conference will be held at The Burgess Foundation, an attractive venue in central Manchester.  It is convenient for hotels and restaurants and a 2-minute walk from Oxford Road Railway Station with direct links to Manchester International Airport.

Proposals of no more than 250 words should be sent to or

Deadline: 11 July 2011.

Database of Modernist Periodicals: Announcement and Question

I’m pleased to announce that I have begun planning a comprehensive database of Modernist Magazines to be called, “The Database of Modernist Periodicals.” This database was inspired by Scholes and Wulfman’s important contribution to periodical studies, Modernism in the Magazines.

I will make a more detailed announcement this spring, but in the meantime, the database will be designed to be a community undertaking. Much like Turbotax, the database will lead contributors through a series of questions in order to produce a bibliographical correct entry on any modernist magazine. As the database grows, we hope to implement network analysis tools to make it a robust teaching and research environment.

Later this spring, I will ask all of you to look over the draft document and make your own suggestions as to what YOU would like to see in the database.

Finally, I’m looking for a logo for this database. To start this project in a collaborative manner, I would like to ask you all to send me suggestions for “iconic” images of the modernist period published in magazines before 1923 (links to these images would be greatly appreciated).

I look forward to sharing more with all of you, and I wish you all the very best for this coming year.

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