[Humanist] 27.361 call for proposals: Dickinson Electronic Archives

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 361.
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        Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:23:23 +0000
        From: Jessica Beard <jbeard at ucsc.edu>
        Subject: Dickinson Electronic Archives vol 3 CFP

Emily Dickinson’s Reading Culture

“For Poets I have Keats and Mr and Mrs Browning. 
For Prose Mr Ruskin, Sir Thomas Browne and the Revelations.”
―Letter to T. W. Higginson, 25 April 1862

Why should we care what Emily Dickinson really read or about her
relationship to reading, books, and authors? In Thomas Wentworth
Higginson’s Atlantic article for “young contributors”―the article
that prompted Dickinson’s account of her reading, oft cited, and her
subsequent correspondence with Higginson―he noted: “For purposes of
illustration and elucidation, and even for amplitude of vocabulary, wealth
of accumulated materials is essential; and whether this wealth be won by
reading or by experience makes no great difference.” For Dickinson,
separated by location, situation, and temperament from the “wealth of…
experience” that presumably characterized the lives of many professional
writers, this counsel must have seemed pure balm. If she could write from
the “wealth… won by reading,” then, as a dedicated reader, she would
be on firm ground. Emily Dickinson’s reading provided a vital foundation
for her writing.

Dickinson’s reading is also significant on its own merits, however, as a
practice that connected her directly and powerfully to a community of
readers on both sides of the Atlantic. Dickinson’s reading has been on the
critical agenda since 1966, when Jack Capps published Emily Dickinson’s
Reading, 1836 1886; it was next taken up by Carlton Lowenberg in Emily
Dickinson’s Textbooks (1986). Both Capps and Lowenberg were engaged
bibliographers, documenting the worlds of books that Dickinson inhabited at
home and at school. But as the idea of Dickinson’s circle has evolved, so
has the idea of her reading culture. The recognition of reading’s role in
Dickinson’s writing has led to an explosion of critical interest in this
topic, as exemplified by the special issue on reading in the Emily Dickinson
Journal (2010). As scholarship on nineteenthcentury reading practices,
libraries, and book history has grown, a reconsideration of Dickinson as a
reading writer and a reader is timely.

Volume Three of the Dickinson Electronic Archives 2 will focus on Emily
Dickinson’s reading culture. We invite proposals for works that examine
topics such as:

the circulation of works in manuscript and other informal patterns of
reading and reception;   

the origins, development, and use of the Dickinson
family libraries; 

reading in Amherst town and at Amherst College;

transAtlantic publishers’ adaptations to a changing marketplace;

intersections between women writers and readers; 

periodicals and subscribers in the mid to late nineteenth century; 

the response to particular books or periodicals among members 
of Dickinson’s circle.

About the DEA 2:

The Dickinson Electronic Archives 2 is a scholarly resource showcasing the
possibility of interdisciplinary and collaborative research and exploring
the potential of the digital environment to reveal new interpretive
material, cultural, historical, and theoretical contexts. In doing so, the
DEA2 opens a space of knowledge exchange for a networked world of scholars,
students, and readers by offering a series of exhibitions on subjects of
keen interest to readers of Emily Dickinson. Each exhibition will offer
spaces for commentary that are of different sorts. At present the DEA2
offers a discussion forum, a space like that patrons inhabit as they walk
through and talk about an exhibition, a space like that moviegoers inhabit
when they stop for a nightcap or late night snack and discuss the movie just
viewed. The DEA2 also offers Essays and Other Writings for every exhibition
we offer.

Contributions may take the form of essays, bibliographies, timelines, games,
posters, or other genres, but should contain visual elements.  Visual
elements, in addition to appearing within their native contributions, will
be assembled into a collective exhibition at the core of the volume.

The deadline for proposals is September 15, 2013.  Please send proposals of
5001000 words, with your contact information, by email attachment to the
volume editor.  Contributors whose proposals are accepted will be notified
by November 1, 2013.  Final contributions will be due March 31, 2014. The
volume will be released in July 2014.

Send questions and proposals to:

Gabrielle Dean, PhD
gnodean at jhu.edu
Curator of Literary Rare Books & Manuscripts
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218

Jessica Beard
Doctoral Candidate
UCSC Department of Literature

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