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.
Author, Genre, and Concept Network for Blast in the Modernist Journals Project
Using software that corporations use to understand organizations, we can establish relationships among magazines, contributors, literary genres, and concepts over time. In fact, we can involve a much more complex set of parameters for more meaningful mining of the data in ways that potentially open up even newer vistas within the field of modernist periodical studies. We should create a central database — my vote would be to locate it at the Modernist Journals Project (MJP) — on which modernism scholars can collaborate.
Social network analysis (SNA) software combines a variety of methods commonly used in digital humanities research, such as text mining, visualization, and modeling. Since modernist periodical studies has since its inception been driven by an archival need to restore information to our knowledge network, SNA software has the capability of synthesizing and analyzing the new information we find as we move forward in our research. Applications like ORA, which I have used to create visualizations in this post, run on spreadsheets that are easy to fill out. So the work of adding information to the archive would not be difficult or time consuming. Continue reading
Readers of the Magazine Modernisms Blog may be interested in visiting the expanded teaching and research pages we’re developing at the Modernist Journals Project, which include a new instructional wiki. The specific aim of the site is to help teachers and students make better use of the resources that appear in the MJP archive, though we’re also developing materials that generally address modern periodical studies. Among the materials we’re working on, you’ll find:
Quite a few of the folks who have posted on the MagMods blog have already contributed to one or more of these sections. We look forward to their continued support and welcome contributions by anyone else interested in modern magazines. If you have something to contribute (e.g., a lesson plan, an idea for a research project, etc.), please write to Mark Gaipa at MJP_project_manager@brown.edu
This is the second of what we hope will be many, many more columns. MagMods Discoveries is dedicated to finding and publicizing relevant periodical-related digital resources already available to the public. Every year, more and more modern magazines are appearing online, so it becomes hard to keep track of what is out there. We will be posting discoveries as we find them, but we also would like to know about yours as well. Please add them in the comments or send us an email using the contact form.
Djuna Barnes Illustration
Love it or hate it or probably both, Google Books has made some amazing material widely accessible for the first time. The trouble is knowing that it’s there and then using Google Books’ pretty terrible search engine to find something. I chanced into this find–Volume 2 of the odd but really interesting little magazine Bruno’s Weekly.
Bruno’s Weekly is one of several little magazines created by Guido Bruno in Greenwich Village in the Teens. Bruno was born in Bohemia in 1884 and moved to the U.S. in 1906. After starting a few magazines in Chicago, Bruno moved to Greenwich Village in 1913. He rented an apartment above an ice cream shop and turned it into a gallery and gathering place for bohemians. It came to be known as Bruno’s Garrett. Continue reading