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Creating an index for the EDM

As part of my ongoing dissertation research, I’ve been attempting to amass for myself a coherent, chronological run of digitized volumes of the nineteenth-century British periodical The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine — particularly (for my own interest at least) during certain periods where women editors were involved.

While the magazine, which ran from 1852 to 1879, is old enough to be in the public domain, coverage is spotty between different libraries and databases — I’ve scanned some copies myself, filling in gaps in what I could find and download online. Recently quite a lot of it was uploaded via old microfilms scanned into the Internet Archive. It’s also covered in parts by Google Books and the Hathi Trust, but because it started over its numbering system three times (and published different versions with and without supplemental materials some months as well), it can be tricky to get a sense of the coherent timeline.

Anyone curious can view my ongoing progress getting it all organized here:
EDM Index

I’m also doing a more detailed index for the subset of specific volumes I’m studying for my dissertation, which of course I’m very happy to discuss/share with anyone remotely interested.

3D Printing and Design for Literary and Cultural Studies

This past semester, I’ve been part of an interdisciplinary fellowship through the JMU Libraries, designing courses that will be using the amazing JMU 3Space, a combination 3D-printing lab classroom in historic Carrier Library.

Students at work in the Carrier Library 3Space Classroom (photo via JMU Libraries)

I’ve learned so much this semester from my colleagues in other disciplines, as we’ve practiced ways that we can use 3D modeling and design in our pedagogy. With this new experience, I’m excited to teach a course on literary and cultural studies that involves 3D modeling as part of our students’ critical toolset. Many thanks go to my JMU colleague Jamie Calcagno-Roach for her help facilitating this great learning experience, and to my ODU graduate professor Dr. Margaret Konkol for continually inspiring me to explore 3D modeling as a critical tool in literary studies.

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