[Msa-discuss] modernist poetry

Drouin, Jeffrey JDrouin at gc.cuny.edu
Sun Mar 9 17:18:52 EDT 2008

Dear Professor Scholes and Colleagues,

Many thanks for the digital edition of Poetry. These digitized periodicals =
are making my dissertation life much, much easier. Are there any plans to d=
igitize The Egoist and The Little Review?

Also, does anyone know of digital editions of inter-war periodicals like Th=
e Criterion, The Dial, The Listener, The Nation and Athenaeum, etc.?

Since you ask about scholarship and pedagogy, this Summer I'll be teaching =
a graduate course on modernism and material culture for which the MJP will =
be a prime resource. As of now, I'm planning to do some foundational readin=
gs and then have students each pick a work and some issue surrounding it, w=
hich they'll investigate in its original material context. The idea would b=
e for students to compile their research on a wiki or Drupal website, learn=
ing some descriptive bibliography and textual criticism along the way, and =
then turn it into a resource. It should also provide an opportunity to disc=
uss differences between material originality and digital culture. I'm wonde=
ring how other people have taught periodicals or material modernism.

Best regards,

Jeff Drouin

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Subject: [Msa-discuss] modernist poetry

Colleagues--I am pleased to announce to you that a digital edition of =

Poetry: A Magazine of Verse from 1912 to 1922 is in the process of =

appearing on the Modernist Journals Project web site.  Additional =

volumes will be added over the coming months, and missing issues will =

fill any gaps in the volumes presently available.  Working on this =

edition I have been impressed over and over again by the vitality of =

the magazine--not only the stunning array of modern poets who =

appeared in its pages, but the intensity and lucidity of the critical =

debates over the proper form and content of modern poetry.  As Dryden =

once wrote of Chaucer, "here is God's plenty"--but in this case, =

Harriet Monroe was the supplier of the plenty.  She deserves more =

recognition as a major shaper of modernism.

This digital edition is based mainly on copies of the original =

issues, with covers and advertising intact, supplied by the =

University of Chicago Library, supplemented in some cases by copies =

from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Tulsa University's =

McFarlin Library and by the MJP itself.  We are very grateful to =

Chicago and the other libraries for their support of this project.

I urge you to explore this new resource, and to think of ways to use =

it in your study and teaching of modern culture and literature.

Bob Scholes

Robert Scholes
Professor of Modern Culture and Media (Research)
Director Modernist Journals Project
Brown University
RS <http://www.brown.edu/Departments/MCM/people/scholes/default.html>
MJP <http://www.modjourn.org> =

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