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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

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Enough Blast Already, or Magazine Networks Matter

Bookslut recently posted a piece by Greer Mansfield praising the Modernist Journals Project and modernist little magazines. “We Will Convert the King if Possible: The Greatness of Little Magazines” is an interesting read.  It’s more evidence of the reach of little magazines and the MJP beyond academia and the uses to which they can be put.  Mansfield (a nice name for someone writing about modernist magazines!) uses the discussion as an occasion to blast the parochialism and homogeneity of what he calls “American book-chat culture.”

What is striking in these old Modernist magazines, aside from the roll call of their famous contributors? Mainly that they have very little in common with prominent literary magazines in today’s English-speaking world. There is no gee-whiz tweeness (surely you can find your own examples without too much trouble), no senile genteelism (ditto), no forced jokiness, no desperation on the part of the authors to prove that they’re good guys and gals who aren’t necessarily smarter than anyone else and maybe want to be your best friend.

I wonder if the “niceness” of contemporary literary magazine/blog culture is any less desperate than or even all that different from the combativeness of modernism, since both can be diagnosed as simply playing the rules of the game in the struggle for cultural and symbolic capital, etc.  But that isn’t the subject of this post.

What interests me is the reference to the “famous contributors” above and below: Continue reading

The MJP on Flickr and Youtube

Hi all,

I hope the new year has been a good one so far! I just wanted to drop a quick note and mention that the Modernist Journals Project has started a new endeavor to broaden our web web presence on Flickr and Youtube. So far, our Flickr page features covers for The Crisis and a special selection of covers and ads from our “on or about” 1910 collection — hopefully, with more theme and cover sets to come. In addition, we have planned a series of Youtube tutorials to help users navigate the database more efficiently. So far, we have our first basic tutorial up and running and will begin work on a new one soon. Any suggestions or feedback you might have on these projects is welcome.