2019-2020 RSAP Book Prize Results

We are delighted to announce the results of our 2019-2020 RSAP Book Prize competition. Congratulations to all!

RSAP Book Prize Winner

Victoria Bazin, Modernism Edited: Marianne Moore and the Dial Magazine

RSAP Book Prize Honorable Mentions

(listed in alphabetical order)

Jean Lee Cole, How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920

Samuel Graber, Twice-Divided Nation: National Memory, Transatlantic News, and American Literature in the Civil War Era

James West, Ebony Magazine and Leroy Bennett Jr.: Popular Black History in Postwar America

Paul Williams, Dreaming the Graphic Novel: The Novelization of Comics

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City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press

City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press


(June 21 – July 3, 2020)

New York City College of Technology-CUNY will host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty in the summer of 2020 (June 21 – July 3).

For more information visit:


Applications to participate will be accepted via our online application system until March 1, 2020.


The Institute will focus on periodicals, place, and the history of publishing in New York.  As an institute participant, you will take part in discussions led by cultural historians, archivists, and experts in the fields of American literature, art and urban history, and periodical studies; participate in hands-on sessions in the periodicals collection of the New-York Historical Society; visit sites important to the rise of New York’s periodical press, such as Newspaper Row, Gramercy Park, the New York Seaport, the East Village, and the Algonquin Hotel; and attend Digital Humanities workshops.


You will also be asked to read a rich body of scholarship and consider new interdisciplinary approaches for researching and teaching periodicals that take into account the important site of their production, as well as relevant cultural, technological, aesthetic, and historical considerations. Sessions will be held across New York City including New York City College of Technology, the Brooklyn Historical Society, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Pace University, and the New-York Historical Society.


We encourage applicants from any field who are interested in the subject matter. Scholars and teachers specializing in periodical studies, journalism, urban history, art history, American studies, literature, and/or cultural studies will find the Institute especially attractive.


Independent scholars, scholars engaged in museum work or full-time graduate studies are also urged to apply.

RSAP 2017-2018 Book Prize Winners


Kirsten MacLeod, American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle: Art, Protest, and Cultural Transformation


Honorable Mentions:

Graham Thompson, Herman Melville among the Magazines

Thomas Aiello, The Grapevine of the Black South: The Scott Newspaper Syndicate in the Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement

Agatha Beins, Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity

RSAP 2017-2018 Book Prize Announcement

The Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) proudly announces its $1000 Book Prize

The prize will be awarded for the best monograph on American periodicals published by an academic press between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018. Books will be judged by a peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board.

The Book Prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston, MA, May 23-26, 2019. The winner and up to two honorable mentions will be notified by March 1, 2019 and will be recognized at an RSAP-sponsored reception at ALA.

Applicants, who must be current members of RSAP when they submit their books, should download and submit a completed registration form and THREE hard copies of their work by December 15, 2018 to:

Mark Noonan

503 Namm Hall

Department of English

New York City College of Technology, CUNY

300 Jay Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Please direct any questions to Book Prize Committee Chair, Mark Noonan, at mnoonan@citytech.cuny.edu.

RSAP panels at ALA

Photos from RSAP sponsored and co-sponsored panels at ALA 2015, Boston, MA.

Other periodicals-related papers and panels at ALA 2015

Here’s a list of papers and panels at ALA that are not sponsored by RSAP, but nevertheless of interest to periodicals scholars. Please contact us if you are presenting a paper that we should include in this list!

And be sure to check out RSAP-sponsored panels and events here.

Session 2-B      Reimagining Young Willa Cather: New Evidence, New Approaches 

1.         “Cather’s 1897 ‘Prize Question’ Contest for the National Stockman and Farmer: or, What ‘Our Young Folks’ Need to Know,” Timothy Bintrim, St. Francis University

Session 3-A      The Citizen Poets of Boston, 1789–1820 

1.         “Recovering the Citizen Poets of Boston: Pedagogy, Research, and Findings,” Paul Lewis, Boston College

2.         “Feminist Voices in the Citizen Poets Anthology,” Alexandra Mitropoulos, Boston College School of Law

3.         “Reprinting as Revision: The Version of Joseph Fawcett’s ‘Contrast’ (1798) that Appeared in

        the Christian Disciple in 1816,” Nicholas Volpe, Boston College

4.         “Local Forms, National Concerns: Populist Archives of Boston’s Early Republic,” Kristin Canfield, University of Texas at Austin


Session 4-D      Defining Genres in Early African American Literature 

1.         “Circulating the Black Rapist: Sketches of the Life of Joseph Mountain and Early American Networks of Print,” Brian Baaki, CUNY Graduate Center

2.         “At War with Genre: The Context and Construction of the Civil War in Julia C. Collins’s The Curse of Caste or; The Slave Bride,” Eric Van Hoose, University of Cincinnati

3.         “Anonymous Circulations: Unnamed Southern Correspondents for Freedom’s Journal and The Rights of All,” Gordon Fraser, University of Connecticut

4.         “The Place of the Conjurer: Genre, William Wells Brown, and the Conjure Tale,” Sarah Ingle, University of Virginia

Session 4-F      Issues of Celebrity 

3.         “Paul Gray, Time Magazine, and American Literary Culture in the Late Twentieth Century,” Frank Novak, Pepperdine University

Session 5-B      Emergence and Influence of Literary Criticism in Antebellum America 

1.         “Prison Reform and Interiority in Reviews of Antebellum American Fiction,” Carl Ostrowski, Middle Tennessee State University

2.         “Critical Fictions: Melville’s Pierre and Antebellum Critical Culture,” Adam Gordon, Whitman College

3.         “Cross-Racial Labor Reform: Literary Notices of Cheap Fiction in Frederick Douglass’ Paper,” Timothy Helwig, Western Illinois University

Session 5-O     Literary Business and Finance 

3.         “Advertising Black Entrepreneurial Uplift in The Crisis,” Adam Coombs, Indiana University


Session 7-E      Print Cultures within the Nation 

1.         “‘[C]haracteristic of the American Mind’: 19th Century Humor, Satire, and National Identity,” Todd Nathan Thompson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2.         “‘The Honest, Home-Write Page’: The Search for the Early American Comic Strip,” Alex J. Beringer, University of Montevallo

3.         “Forming Community through Print: Bill Nye in the Pittsburg Dispatch,” Brianne Jaquette, University of Missouri

Session 8-C      Celebrating Twenty Years of the Woolson Society with New Perspectives on Her Life and Work 

2.         “Trial by Newspaper: Murder and Invention in Woolson’s Anne,” Kathleen Diffley, University of Iowa


Session 8-H      Ezra Pound Society, Session 2: New Trends in Ezra Pound Studies 

1.         “Ezra and Gino in the Indice, 1930-31,” Wayne Pounds, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan


Session 9-G      Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore 

3.         “Marianne Moore in Transatlantic Modernist Magazines,” Celena E. Kusch, University of South Carolina Upstate


Session 10-B    Roundtable on Dreiser and Gender 2015: Flash Talks

3.         “‘The Realist and his/her Sources’: Gendered Authorship and Readership in Dreiser’s Late Literary Criticism,” Carol Smith, University of Winchester


Session 11-F    Comics and Modernism 

1.         “Cartoonists Greet the Future: Comics, the Armory Show, and the Shock of Recognition,” Peter R. Sattler, Lakeland College

2.         “The Invisibility of Influence: The Poetics of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat and the Comicity of E.E. Cummings,” Ben Novotny Owen, Ohio State University

3.         “Beyond Black: Abstraction and Expression in the Comics and Canvases of Ad Reinhardt,” David M. Ball, Princeton University

Session 11-G    Issues of Social Justice 

1.         “Shadow Mayors of Harlem: Umbra’s New York Avant-Garde,” Keith D. Leonard, American University

2.         “Re-Viewing Chinatown: Countering Anti-Chinese Stereotypes in the 1880s Illustrated Press,” Amanda Frisken, SUNY College at Old Westbury

4.         “Upton Sinclair’s Pulp Didacticism,” Andrew Smart, The Ohio State University


Session 15-A    Mark Twain’s Audiences: Reception Histories and Reconstructed Reading Communities 

1.         “Reconstructing the Reading Community of the Century: The Pre-Published Chapters of Huckleberry Finn,” Barbara Hochman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

3.         “The Reception of The Prince and the Pauper in the Early 1880s,” James L. Machor, Kansas State University


Session 15-F    Crime, Mystery, and Detective Fiction 

1.         “‘Not Being A Female’: Singular Images of Female Criminals in the Antebellum Press,” Nicole C. Livengood, Marietta College

Session 16-A    Melville’s Money

2.         “‘The Universal Confounding and Distorting of Things’: Money and Poverty in Melville’s Magazine Pieces,” Madison Furrh, Colorado State University-Pueblo

3.         “Dead Letters Circulated: ‘Bartleby’ in an Age of Communications Revolution,” Yoshiaki Furui, Emory University


Session 17-G    Roundtable on Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins’ Of One Blood 

4.         “Distributed Agency among Pauline Hopkins, the Colored American Magazine, and Of One Blood,” Michelle N. Huang, The Pennsylvania State University

Session 18-E    Form and Expectation in Early American Literature 

5.         “Expectation and Plebeian Blindness in Late Eighteenth-Century Newspapers and Jestbooks,” Jennifer Thorn, St. Anselm College


Session 18-G    Depictions of Women in the 19th Century Press 

2.         “Deferring for the Ladies: Narrative Beginnings and Sarah Hale’s the Ladies’ Magazine,” Lydia G. Fash, Boston University

Session 21-H    Women’s Roles Revisited 

3.         “‘And why should not four women make up a party to go and learn from the lips of the sages?’: The Woman’s Journal and Women’s Pilgrimage to Concord, Massachusetts,” Todd Richardson, University of Texas of the Permian Basin


RSAP at ALA 2015

Please come to one or all of our sponsored sessions, and don’t miss our 2nd annual reception on Thursday (food, cash bar, prize announcements, periodicals-related nerdiness) immediately preceding the ALA opening reception!

See you in Boston!

THURSDAY 5/21, 9:00 – 10:20 AM
Session 1-C: Roundtable: Digital Approaches to American Periodicals (Essex North West 3rd Floor), Organized by RSAP and the Digital Americanists, featuring:
Moderator: Benjamin Fagan, University of Arkansas; respondent: Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University; and participants Jeff Drouin, University of Tulsa; Kim Gallon, Purdue University; Elizabeth Hopwood, Northeastern University; and Elizabeth Lorang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

THURSDAY 5/21, 3:00 – 4:20 PM
Session 5-D: Visual Culture and African American Periodicals (Essex North West 3rd Floor)
1. “The Black Artist as Celebrity in the Indianapolis Freeman,” Andreá Williams, Ohio State University
2. “Lynching Photographs in the NAACP’s Crisis,” Fumiko Sakashita, Ritsumeikan University
3. “On the Brighter Side: African-American Cultural Identity in Ebony Magazine, 1945-1963,” Dalia Linssen, Rhode Island School of Design

RSAP RECEPTION: Thursday May 21, 2015, 4:30-5:50 pm, Essex South 3rd Floor

SATURDAY 5/23, 11:10 AM – 12:30 PM
Session 16-C American Periodicals at 25: Looking Back, Looking Forward (Essex North West 3rd Floor)
1. “Stirred, Not Shaken: Periodical Elixirs for Tyros and Pros,” Kathleen Diffley, University of Iowa
2. “New Developments and Next Steps in Black Periodical Studies,” Eric Gardner, Saginaw Valley State University
3. “Considering the Visual Culture of American Periodicals,” Janice Simon, University of Georgia
4. “The American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Bringing the Resource to You,” Richa Tiwary, Director of Product Management & Archives Collections at EBSCO Information Services

SATURDAY 5/23, 12:40 – 2:00 PM
Session 17-M RSAP Business Meeting, Essex Center 3rd Floor

RSAP announces new editorial team for American Periodicals

The Research Society for American Periodicals is pleased to announce the new editorial team for its sponsored journal, American Periodicals:

  • Co-editors: Cynthia Patterson and Jean Lee Cole
  • Book Review Editor: Eric Gardner

Many thanks to the outgoing editorial team members, Karen Roggenkamp and Craig Monk, for their exemplary service to the journal and the organization.

The journal is currently accepting submissions for issue 26.1 (Spring 2016). A description of the journal and submission guidelines is available at the American Periodicals website.

American Periodicals seeking new editorial team

The Research Society for American Periodicals seeks proposals from individuals or teams who wish to serve as the next editors of our semiannual journal, American Periodicals.
About American Periodicals
 American Periodicals is devoted exclusively to scholarship and criticism relating to American magazines and newspapers. It includes essays, notes, reviews, bibliographies, and histories concerning all aspects of American periodicals, from the earliest 18th-century magazines to 21st-century ’zines and e-journals. It is available in leading electronic journal databases and is indexed with Modern Language Association International Bibliography, Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, Communications Abstracts, and Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life.
About the Positions
 We wish to fill two editor positions and a book review editor position. The primary responsibilities of the editorial staff will be to edit two issues of American Periodicals per year, specifically:
  • Solicit submissions and guide them through peer review
  • Commission book reviews
  • Work closely with Ohio State University Press to prepare the journal for publication
  •  Provide leadership and vision for the journal
  • Explore ways to expand the reach of the journal and pool of submissions
We welcome proposals from teams or individuals interested in the positions of editor or book review editor. The successful applicants will be offered a contract to edit the journal for three years, renewable for up to five. We will offer funding to subsidize two course releases per year, for up to $3,000 each (one for two editors or two for one editor) for the first three years, with the expectation that we will continue that support through five years if the editors seek an extension and income from the journal allows it.
To apply, please send a CV (or CVs, if submitting as a team) and a narrative describing your qualifications and your vision for the journal, including plans for expanding the pool of submissions, as well as an indication of your institution’s support.
Please submit your application in .doc or .pdf format to the chair of our search team, Amanda Gailey, at gailey@unl.edu, by December 2, 2014.