English Studies in Canada

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, March

Archiving "Archiving"
RECENTLY, I SPENT A WEEK in Harvard's Houghton Library studying the papers of William James in order to establish his material practices of reading and writing. While perusing a daybook detailing James' travels during a west coast lecture tour, I encountered...
Archiving Hate: Lynching Postcards at the Limit of Social Circulation
To articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it 'the way it ready was.' It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes up at a moment of danger. Benjamin, "These on the Philosophy of History" Subjects of photography, seized...
Archiving the Potentialities of Events
CONSTRUCTING AN ARCHIVE exclusively for events that can happen--regardless of whether or not they ever will or actually ever did happen--is also to challenge the limits of what an archive can do. Since 1999, the Lebanese artist Walid Raad has done...
From "The Offal of the Magazine Trade" to "Absolutely Priceless": Considering the Canadian Pulp Magazine Collection
The other day I went into one of the stores in Ottawa to see just how bad the situation was here. In the store, forty-six different kinds of this trash were offered for sale. This is the offal of the magazine trade. No one should have to buy it. No...
Romps with Ransom's King: Fans, Collectors, Academics, and the M. P. Shiel Archives
HOUSING THE ARCHIVES OF SUCH NOTABLE LITERARY FIGURES as Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, E. E. Cummings, and Oscar Wilde, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in Austin, Texas is a Mecca...
Speed, Motorcycles and the Archive
I'VE BEEN THROUGH THE DESERT on a chrome-encrusted motorcycle that bore an odd resemblance to Elvis Presley and had a name almost as fat as the bike itself: the Harley Heritage Softail Classic. The desert was just outside Las Vegas, and the motorcycle...
The Yaddo Records: How an Institutional Archive Reveals Creative Insights
ON THE AFTERNOON OF SEPTEMBER 7, 1968, members of the Corporation of Yaddo, the reclusive artists' retreat located in Saratoga Springs, New York, met to pay tribute to Elizabeth Ames, Executive Director of Yaddo from 1924-1968 (see Figure 13). Ames...
When Did Modernism Begin? Formulating Boundaries in the Modern Anthology
BLANDNESS AND STRUGGLE, AT TIMES, CO-EXIST in odd settings. The modern poetry anthology, for example--its introductions are both the site of the blandest prose ever written in English, as well as a passionate struggle over the boundaries of an archive....
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