Introducing Summer 2013 Reading Projects

Our return from a brief blogging hiatus also signals the beginning of a new moment here at Emerging Modernisms. Since the blog’s genesis, in May of 2012, a single reading list has ensured that entries engage with one another via shared textual and theoretical concerns. This summer, however, the blog will take on a much different format as we each pursue individual reading projects designed as preparation for the comprehensive exam (tentatively, spring 2014 for both of us).

Anna’s project investigates the vocabularies of radical and avant-garde woman writers while Laura examines modernist aesthetics in the 21st century. We’ve each posted our tentative reading lists but these are subject to revision and reshuffling, as it benefits our respective research processes. A new post will appear each week, alternating authors. Entries will appear less formally and uniformly structured precisely because this type of writing is a thinking through, a synthesis, an attempt to articulate the larger ideas that will eventually take shape in the form of a dissertation.

Our goal in integrating comps preparation with blogging is to continue facilitating productive discussions within the Modernist field but also to achieve a level of transparency for the ways that two individuals have decided to tackle this graduate school touchstone. As always, we invite readers to engage with our work via thematically relevant guest posts but we also hope that our projects will encourage open reflection and conversation regarding this important process of scholarly maturation.

One response to “Introducing Summer 2013 Reading Projects

  1. “a level of transparency for the ways that two individuals have decided to tackle this graduate school touchstone”

    As someone about a year behind you all in the exam timeline, I appreciate this gesture. The discipline—and perhaps higher education and the humanities, in general—doesn’t always do a good job of making explicit these norms and processes of professionalization. Apart from the blog itself and the reading lists, has anyone here posted on tools, habits, and more general strategies for working through such a large body of material?

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