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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.
- 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
- -the dual or “hybrid lives” of ethnic American women as writers and visual artists in periodicals
- -collaborations between periodical editors or authors and visual artists
- -women cartoonists, illustrators, photographers and graphic designers
- -the relationship between text and image in ethnic American magazines, newspapers, and newsletters
- -women of color as art critics in American periodical culture
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014
For the author of the best monograph on American periodicals published by an academic press between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014.
The prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston, MA, May 21-24, 2015.
Books will be judged by a peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board.
Applicants should download and submit a completed registration form and THREE hard copies of their work to:
010 Simpkins Hall
Department of English
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455
The winner and up to two honorable mentions will be notified by March 1, 2015 and will be recognized at an RSAP-sponsored reception at ALA.
Applicants to the RSAP Book Prize must be current members of RSAP when they submit their books.
The ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize is awarded for the best article on American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed journal during 2013 by a pre-tenure or independent scholar. The prize was awarded on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the American Literature Association conference.
Winner: Ryan Cordell (Assistant Professor, English, Northeastern University), for “‘Taken Possession of’: The Reprinting and Reauthorship of Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Antebellum Religious Press,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 7.1 (2013).
The committee praised the article’s stunningly lucid and accessible prose. The essay was valued not only for its use of periodicals as sources, but its contribution of a new model of how to read periodicals. Mining the archive of reprinted versions of Hawthorne’s “The Celestial Railroad” gives readers new insights into the popularity of this text and its circulation among and reception by nineteenth-century readers. The use of digital collation tools to uncover Hawthorne’s “social text” provides a fresh perspective, an innovative methodology, and, ultimately, a fascinating untold story.
Honorable Mention: Melissa Renn (Senior Curatorial Research Associate, Harvard Art Museums), for “Beyond the ‘Shingle Factory’: The Armory Show in the Popular Press after 1913,” Journal of Curatorial Studies 2.3 (2013): 384-404.
This essay is noteworthy for its fresh take on a well-known story. In historicizing the reception of the 1913 Armory Show in the popular press over several decades, this article is able to question the predominant notions about Marcel Duchamp being the central artist of the show. It also deftly charts how the narratives within popular periodicals about the initial reaction to, and “meaning” of, the artwork shifted over time. The article too makes an important contribution to periodical studies by reminding us to consider not just how texts and events are discussed in their immediate aftermath, but to consider how the reception of major events such as the Armory Show unfolds over the course of decades.
Honorable Mention: Charlton Yingling (PhD Candidate, History, University of South Carolina), for “No One Who Reads the History of Hayti Can Doubt the Capacity of Colored Men: Racial Formation and Atlantic Rehabilitation in New York City’s Early Black Press, 1827–1841,” Early American Studies (11.2) 2013: 314-348.
The committee commented that, in tracing out the strategic and symbolic use of Haiti within the African American press, this essay offers a model of the way that periodical research can help expand our understanding of the complex dynamics of race and representation as they are shaped over time. The article identifies an important (and understudied) shift from racial formations that drew on rhetorics of Pan-African or Negro identity to one framed as “colored,” a shift the author links to New York City’s early black press. In so doing, it makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the role played by the African American press in nineteenth-century American culture.
The finalists also participated in a roundtable discussion at ALA earlier in the day.
Ryan Cordell (Winner), Charlton Yingling (Hon. Mention), and Melissa Renn (Hon. Mention), along with prize chair Bill Hardwig led a spirited and wide-ranging discussion on issues confronting periodicals researchers at an ALA roundtable session Fri., 5/23. Ryan, Chaz, and Melissa were later honored at the RSAP reception in the Hyatt’s Article One Lounge.
Guest Editors Eric Gardner and Joycelyn Moody
The Fall 2015 issue of American Periodicals will be devoted to texts exploring the field of Black periodical studies and/or exploring issues in/of Black periodicals across the centuries, from Freedom’s Journal to Vibe and beyond. We seek scholarship that considers the nexus of African Americanist inquiry and periodical studies—including, but not limited to, approaches that engage book history studies or center on print culture. We aim to give a glimpse into the “state of the field” by bringing together samples of diverse work that show clear engagement with key questions in Black periodical studies while simultaneously sharing exciting new subjects and methods. We hope for diverse approaches—from works that explore specific “cases” that illustrate what scholarship on Black periodicals might be, do, and become, to essays that explore waves, trends, or movements through broad-based approaches that survey wide groups of texts.
In addition to the content and/or “look and feel” of texts, we are interested in manuscripts that explore topics tied to editorial practice and policy, authorship, financing, production, design, illustration, circulation, readership, reception, cultural position, collection/preservation, and a rich range of other subjects tied to Black periodicals. Strong interdisciplinary work will be welcomed. Questions explored might include (but certainly need not be limited to):
- What is a “Black periodical”?
- What methods, questions, problems, and duties might “Black periodical studies” engage?
- How might we (re)consider the archive(s) of Black periodicals?
- What historical questions must students of Black periodicals strive to answer about texts, editors and editorial practice, periodical exchange, processes of reprinting, and other issues?
- What areas of consonance and dissonance exist between Black periodical studies and current conceptions of Black literary periods (e.g., the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement) and/or Black literary history?
- How have such issues as gender, class, sexuality, region, religion, ideology, and standpoint figured into Black periodicals and/or Black periodical studies?
- How have print media and other technologies—from broadsides to social media, for example—shaped our sense of Black periodicals?
- How do Black periodicals engage with various forms of visual culture? What intersections between visual culture studies and periodical studies prove especially useful in considering Black periodicals?
- What form(s) can we expect Black periodicals to take in the near or distant future?
- How do seriality and periodicity shape representations of Blackness?
As our goal is that scholars will use the issue’s discussion of the (various) state(s) of the field of Black periodical studies to chart possible next steps, we expect that some essays will be more speculative than definitive. We encourage participation representing a wide range of voices, disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, periods, locations, and subjects. To this end, we seek short essays (4,000-5,000 words including notes, bibliographic and otherwise) that follow the guidelines in the current Chicago Manual of Style. Authors’ names should not appear in manuscripts. Figures and illustrations must be provided in black/white or gray scale as high quality .pdfs. Submissions should be made to Eric Gardner via firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 August 2014.
Scholars who plan to submit to this special issue may be eligible for temporary access to two exciting Readex databases of interest to scholars of African American print, African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, and African American Periodicals, 1825-1895. More information on the former can be found at http://www.readex.com/content/