Inspired by this piece by Ryan Straight on ProfHacker, I will take on the #365papers in 2018 challenge.
Here are my thoughts/guidelines/reflections:
- I’m on sabbatical for the spring, with book projects to be wrapped up by the end. This challenge will help me keep research and writing going throughout the year, beyond the sabbatical and deadlines and into the fall semester.
- To consider myself caught up as of this posting, I’ll count all the essay drafts I’ve been reading over the last two weeks for the volume I’m editing for MLA on teaching modernist women’s writing.
- BUT: starting now [1/14], papers I would be reading anyway for the projects I’m working on do not count. That means finding a paper a day beyond, outside the work I’m doing for deadlines. Why? Because I want to use the challenge to get outside my to-do list and research agenda and into the wider field. I’m thinking of it as an exercise in discovery, which can be a challenge itself when we’ve got our heads in our own projects. [Edited to add 2/11] I have, however, been finding articles of interest for #365papers in the course of research on my own projects; I save them separately from my research files to come back, and it’s been a very interesting course of discovery—one of my goals for doing this in the first place. It’s very cool to see the different paths one’s research opens up, and I like having #365papers as a way to get in the habit of following those moments of serendipity.
- [Edited to add 2/11] I will also count anything I read in the service of peer review as well as any drafts I read for colleagues seeking feedback on their own projects in progress. Why? Because I’m seeing a big reason for doing this as giving the attention to the work of others in our field that it deserves, especially when there are so many demands on our time and concentration. Reading the research, criticism, and scholarship of others is a service to them (providing a thoughtful and engaged audience) and to the discipline (staying current with critical conversations), and it’s important no matter at what stage in the scholarly communication process you enter in (helping with drafts, peer review, picking up a published work).
- I also see this wider reading benefiting my work as the Editor of The Space Between: keeping up with recent publications in the journals we’re in conversation with (something I’ve thought about since a session on publishing trends in late 19th/early 20th century studies at MLA). [Edited to add 2/11] I’m also going to try to make a point of reading in newer/more recently created journals; one of my final tasks as Mentoring Coordinator for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals is to create a white paper offering guidance on starting up a new journal, so I’m especially curious to see what new venues have taken off in the last few years.
- I’ll record my reading here, with weekly Twitter updates. Ideally, I’ll do my challenge paper later in the day or in the evening, after I’ve done project/deadline work (writing earlier in the day through the late afternoon works best for me).
Week One: 1/14–1/20
Bellew, Paul Bradley. “‘At the Mercy of Editorial Selection’: Amy Lowell, Ezra Pound, and the Imagist Anthologies.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 40, no. 2, 2017.
[Note: Starting on 1/15 I decided to focus my daily reading on articles from the first issue of Feminist Modernist Studies, available for free from its publisher Routledge for the month of January. Added 1/19: Finding this move very useful for thinking about my introduction to Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English!]
Cornish, Sarah. “Fashion is Spinach but Style is Politics: Elizabeth Hawes’s Functionalist Feminism.” Feminist Modernist Studies, vol. 1, nos. 1–2, 2017.
Bluemel, Kristin and Phyllis Lassner. “Feminist Inter/Modernist Studies.” Feminist Modernist Studies, vol. 1, nos. 1–2, 2017. (mention of The Space Between)
Thaggert, Miriam. “Black Modernist Feminism and this Contemporary Moment: Evie Shockley’s the new black.” Feminist Modernist Studies, vol. 1, nos. 1–2, 2017.
Berman, Jessica. “Practicing Transnational Feminist Recovery Today.” Feminist Modernist Studies, vol. 1, nos. 1–2, 2017.
[No paper on Saturday, but I did get the heads up from Victoria Stewart that she’s got an essay coming out in Literature & History, “Writing and Reading Diaries in Mid-Twentieth Century-Britain,” which I will most definitely be checking out.]
Week Two: 1/21–1/27
Laity, Cassandra. “Editor’s Introduction: Toward Feminist Modernisms.” Feminist Modernist Studies, vol. 1, nos. 1–2, 2017.
[For Monday’s paper, I read a draft book chapter for a colleague. I also learned that Google Scholar will recommend articles for me; will be taking advantage of that.]
Detloff, Madelyn. “Strong-Armed Sisyphe: Feminist Queer Modernism Again…Again.” Feminist Modernist Studies, vol. 1, nos. 1–2, 2017.
Battershill, Claire. “Reticent Autobiography: Christopher Isherwood and Henry Green at the Hogarth Press.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 39, no. 1, 2015.
Week Three: 1/28-2/3
Hovey, Jaime. “Gallantry and its Discontents: Joan of Arc and Virtuous Transmasculinity in Radclyffe Hall and Vita Sackville-West.” Feminist Modernist Studies, vol. 1, nos. 1–2, 2017.
Herman, David. “Modernist Life Writing and Nonhuman Lives: Ecologies of Experience in Virginia Woolf’s Flush.” Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 59, no. 3, 2013.
Wilde, Alan. “Surfacings: Reflections on the Epistemology of Late Modernism.” boundary 2, vol. 8, no. 2, 1980.
Zimring, Rishona. “Katherine Dunham’s Chicago Stage: Crossing to Caribbean Négritude.” Feminist Modernist Studies, vol. 1, nos. 1–2, 2017.
Kingsley, Erin. “‘In the centre of a circle’: Olive Moore’s Spleen and Gestational Immigration.” Feminist Modernist Studies, vol. 1, nos. 1–2, 2017.
Week Four: 2/4-2/10
Keenaghan, Eric. “There Is No Glass Woman: Muriel Rukeyser’s Lost Feminist Essay ‘Many Keys.'” Feminist Modernist Studies, vol. 1, nos. 1–2, 2017.
Leonard, Garry M. “‘The Woman is Perfected. Her Dead Body Wears the Smile of Accomplishment’: Sylvia Plath and Mademoiselle Magazine.” College Literature, vol. 19, no. 2, 1992, pp. 60–82.
Black, Kimberly L. “Reviewing the Unspeakable: An Analysis of Book-Reviewing Practices of African American Women’s Writings of the 1980s.” Black Women, Gender, and Families, vol. 5, no. 1, 2011, pp. 1–16.
Sandler, Matthew. “Gertrude Stein, Success Manuals, and Failure Studies.” Twentieth-Century Literature, vol. 63, no. 2, 2017, pp. 191–212.
James, David. “Localizing Late Modernism: Interwar Regionalism and the Genesis of the ‘Micro Novel.'” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 32, no. 4, 2008–2009, 43–64.
Week Five: 2/11-2/17
[For this week I’m serving as an external peer reviewer on a book manuscript.]