If you or someone you love is a modernist, chances are, you’ve been hearing the post-conference buzz from MSA 2018 in Columbus last week. Wonderfully organized by Thomas Davis and Jesse Schotter, the conference has already been praised in a thoughtful recap in The Modernist Review by Séan Richardson, Michelle Rada, Patty Argyrides, and Meindert Peters. I wholeheartedly concur with our across-the-pond colleagues in BAMS that the conference was all “fire emoji” (and yes, I’m gonna keep that spelt out that way, for emphasis) (and yes, I’m gonna keep that spelling of spelt because it’s quite fun to think about ancient grains and also because I’m a shameless Anglophile).
After her mother chased her father around the kitchen with a butcher knife, I wasn’t allowed to go to Cristina’s house.
“Hacking Your Scholarly Workflow” is a free-of-cost workshop that would take place during—not before—the MLA 2018 conference in New York City. Led by Shawna Ross (Assistant Professor of Modern British Literature and the Digital Humanities at Texas A&M University) and Beth Seltzer (Educational Technology Specialist at Bryn Mawr), this workshop would be one of the two guaranteed programs sponsored by the MLA’s Committee on Information Technology.
Thanksgiving Break came at a perfect time for me. After participating in what is always my favorite conference, the Modernist Studies Association Conference, I had to be on campus for just Monday and Tuesday before I could veg at home and recover from travel and tidy up the loose ends of hallway conversations, terrified chats with publishers, and business-card exchanges. But on that Monday and Tuesday, something funny happened: people kept stopping me in the hallway to ask why I looked so happy.
I delivered this paper at the 2016 International Henry James Society Conference in June at Brandeis. Several folks asked for a transcript, but because the slides and written paper are inextricable (and thus difficult to parse without one another), I’ve embedded a screencast below. The written transcript follows, including clickable links to my sources.
In this five-part series of blog posts, I am recounting, by way of documentation, the process by which the modernist community has begun to create a free, digital anthology of modernism. Parts IV and V summarize the MODSOURCE email list in November-December 2014; this installment summarizes the major debates, while the next and final installment will focus on the technical details.