Modernist Journals Project preserves literary past

Special collections enter the digital age

Work has been done to significantly expand the collaborative venture’s core mission: creating digital editions of English-language literary and cultural magazines published roughly from 1890-1922. This research will add three additional journals to the previously-digitized editions.

The Modernist Journals Project (MJP) at Brown University and The University of Tulsa, with the cooperation of libraries at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, proposed to add three journals and the critical apparatus to support their study to its freely available digital thematic research collection focused on the rise of modernism in the English-speaking world. The proposed journals are all important resources for the study of modernism, and intact, original issues of them are extremely rare. To our present collection of four British journals (Dana, The New Age, Blast and To-Day) we plan to add one more British journal and two American journals, selected and edited so as to have a major impact on the way modernism is understood, studied, and taught in our schools and universities.

Modernism in literature and the arts has been widely understood as an elite project, developed in reaction against the mass media and the commercialization of modern culture. Thanks to the work of scholars like Lawrence Rainey, Mark Morrisson, and Ann Ardis, however, this view is beginning to change, and the editions we are proposing will support this change and hasten its acceptance. For this purpose we have selected one elite little magazine, one large circulation magazine, and one intermediate magazine--and we will reproduce all of them complete with the covers and voluminous advertising pages that are missing from the bound copies of these journals in our libraries.

The three journals we propose to add are the English Review (as edited in London by Ford Madox Hueffer from 1908 to 1910), Scribner's Magazine (as edited by E. L. Burlingame and Robert Bridges in New York from 1910 through 1922), and Poetry: a Magazine of Verse (as edited by Harriet Monroe in Chicago from 1912 through 1922). The editorial achievements of Monroe and Hueffer (who later changed his last name to Ford) are widely known, and their journals are recognized as places where new writers appeared who have since become famous and canonical. But during this period important writers from Rudyard Kipling and Edith Wharton to Amy Lowell and F. Scott Fitzgerald were appearing in Scribner's, which had earlier published Henry James, and Stephen Crane and would later add Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe.

For more information, please visite the Modernist Journal Project site.