Category Archives: letters

Being a Terrible Archivist

For those of you currently stuck indoors, this podcast interview with Jenn Shapland may be of interest. Shapland talks about researching her new book on Carson McCullers which began when she started reading archived letters between McCullers and a woman called Annemarie Clarac-Schwarzenbach while an intern at the Harry Ransom Centre. “They are in a […]

Cutting up manuscripts or do you like my new ‘mystery bag’?

Just catching up on the coverage of Sekrè, a German-Swiss startup, which is creating luxury handbags with “a secret”  – namely, that they contain a fragment cut from a rare letter or document. Marketed with the tagline that “Every woman needs a secret”, the start-up – which claims Sekrè is the Haitian word for “secret” […]

Now out! Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page

New out from Palgrave. The emergence of digital technologies in the realm of archives has enlivened our understandings of archival materialities and lent a new intensity to our engagements with the archived page by prompting us to consider the potential of paper and the page in ways that we have hitherto largely ignored. Paper, Materiality […]

New book: The Passion Projects: Modernist Women, Intimate Archives, Unfinished Lives

A very exciting new publication from Princeton University Press is Melanie Micir‘s, The Passion Projects: Modernist Women, Intimate Archives, Unfinished Lives.  From the publisher’s website: “Melanie Micir explores an extensive body of material, including Sylvia Townsend Warner’s carefully annotated letters to her partner Valentine Ackland, Djuna Barnes’s fragmented drafts about the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Margaret Anderson’s […]

CFP Women and Archives

Women and Archives Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, edited by Emily Rutter and Laura Engel In “Archives, Records, and Power: The Making of Modern Memory” (2002), Joan Schwartz and Terry Cook assert, “Archives have the power to privilege and to marginalize. They can be a tool of hegemony; they can be a […]

CFP: Archives, authority, aura: Modernism’s archival turn

Journal Special Issue: Papers on Language and Literature Special Issue Call for Papers Edited by Naomi Milthorpe, University of Tasmania The modernist scholar increasingly engages in work in the archive: engaging in minute and painstaking textual labour, seeking authority in manuscript papers and genetic criticism, or assisting in the opening up of modernist texts as […]

Extended deadline! CFP Archival Afterlives: Postwar Poetry in English

  2017 The John Rylands Research Institute Conference 27-29 June 2017, University of Manchester New deadline: 20 February 2017 The John Rylands Research Institute invites proposals for its 2017 conference on modern literary archives. Reflecting the strengths of the Special Collections at the John Rylands Library, the conference will focus in particular on archives related […]