CFP for MLA 2017: Periodicals, Editorship, Race and Ethnicity

Edit August 4, 2016: we’ve been selected for inclusion in the 2017 MLA Convention Presidential Theme, “Boundary Conditions.” Edit May 19, 2016: Accepted! Cross-posted from http://sarahhsalter.net/?page_id=147 This roundtable invites consideration of how acts of collaboration and editorship might perforate historical acts of writing and reading. We thus respond to important recent work Read more…

13 Wildly Different Digitizations

In 1855, Frederick Douglass revised his earlier narratives for publication under the title My Bondage and My Freedom, published in New York by Miller, Orton & Co. It sold well and many copies survive today in university libraries and archives. A good number of those institutions have digitized their copies Read more…

Where were Slave Narratives Published?

Earlier, I tried using topic models and social networks to get a big-picture view of the collection of North American Slave Narratives provided by Doc South Data. Now, I’m curious to learn: where were slave narratives published? (Note: the map takes a second or two to load)   View larger map

Topic Networks of Slave Narratives, part 1

Sometime earlier this year Documenting the American South released DocSouth Data, a data portal for their online collections. DocSouth Data makes it easy to download the entirety of their collection of slave narratives. DocSouth has long been a guiding light and inspiration for us over at the Colored Conventions Project. (We’re starting a Read more…