This blog is a project of The Literary Archive, a class at Johns Hopkins University, cross-listed in English and the Program in Museums & Society. In the spring 2015 version of the class, student contributors focus on three American modernist prose writers with roots in Baltimore: Dashiell Hammett, H. L. Mencken, and Gertrude Stein.

In the 2012 version of the course, students wrote about three American poets of the nineteenth century, Edgar Allan Poe, Sidney Lanier, and Walt Whitman.

Working directly with rare books and archival materials from the Sheridan Libraries at JHU, students are thinking through the complexities of literary history through its material remains, examining the value of archives in the digital era–and gaining first-hand experience as curators of cultural heritage materials.

This site is managed by Gabrielle Dean, PhD, Curator of Literary Rare Books & Manuscripts, The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University. If you are interested in learning more about the class or our projects, please write me at gnodean at jhu dot edu!


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