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
As much as I love the Modernist Journals Project, I do like to assign hard copy reproductions of magazine issues (with advertisements!) to my students whenever possible. This gives them access to some magazines that are not available on the MJP, and it mimics more closely the experience of the original readers of the magazines.
Below are links to three reproductions of magazines issues that are easily available. I would love to hear of others, so, if you know of any, please do note them in the comments.
Survey Graphic, March 1925, the Harlem Number
It was just announced that the BBC is launching a digital archive of The Listener, its radio magazine that ran from 1929 to 1991.
The Listener not only published the BBC’s programming schedule and promoted upcoming radio content, but featured many writers from the Bloomsbury Set such as Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, and T.S. Eliot. It was also at the forefront of the popular science industry, explaining and promoting theories such as Einstein’s relativity, quantum mechanics, and wave-particle duality to a generally educated audience. The Listener, along with BBC pamphlets and other related ephemera, not to mention the BBC’s signal itself, had a wide reach into the European continent and had a broad impact on discourses in all areas of culture, both mainstream and avant-garde.
This resource will make it much easier to study the history and culture of the 1920s and 1930s, and beyond.
The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library looks like an amazing resource for digitized periodicals from the Caribbean, including Cuba’s El Diario de la Marina (with issues from 1899) and Haiti’s literary journals La ronde and La nouvelle ronde (with issues dating from 1901). (Caveat: The quality of the digitization seems a bit mixed, and I’m not sure how searchable the issues are.)
Thanks to the Black Atlantic Resource Debate Blog, where I first learned of this periodicals resource. Some highlights of the digital library are listed here.
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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.
Wondering if anyone else received the following announcement from ProQuest, which has partnered off with the Center for Research Libraries. Comments on the periodicals offered?
Here’s the live link: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/site/forms/apcrl.shtml
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It’s here! American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries
Now you can expand your research capabilites with a new full-color, full-text online historical periodicals resource made possible via an innovative partnership between ProQuest and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries. This essential collection contains archival quality scans of journal content that can be cross-searched with leading ProQuest collections such as American Periodicals Series Online and ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Upon completion, American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries will contain three million pages that can illuminate your American history research. Click here to request a trial for your library.