This blog is a project of Modernist Networks in the Archive, a class at Johns Hopkins University, cross-listed in English, the Writing Seminars, and the Program in Museums & Society. We are investigating the networks established by three American modernist writers, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Langston Hughes, as represented by their archival traces—in manuscripts, letters, proofs, printed books, ephemera, and artifacts. Specifically, we are using the Frary Collection of Ezra Pound, the Robert Wilson Collection of Gertrude Stein, and a collection related to Langston Hughes’ career in the theatre and lecture circuit, all held by the Sheridan Libraries.

Working directly with rare books and archival materials, students are also thinking through the complexities of literary history as it is narrated through its material remains, what gets left out of the archive and why, and the value of archives in the digital era.

This site is managed by Gabrielle Dean, PhD, William Kurrelmeyer Curator of 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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