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Detail from Painting Triptych by Suzanne Bellamy, 1999
Exhibited at the Virginia Woolf Conference,
University of Delaware

The following postings comprise a virtual exhibition, which is part of the Modernist Studies Association’s “On or About 2020” online programming. As this year’s circumstances have made it more difficult to linger in exhibition halls, scholars have contributed a series of overviews of their digital projects, featuring aspects of interest to scholars and teachers of modernism. In the sections below, readers will find introductions to three such research projects, including links to their online homes. Three more such installments of this digital exhibition will be published over the next two weeks.

The assembled resources reflect the degree to which scholarship and teaching have become increasingly informed by digital resources and tools, particularly during the pandemic. Gabriel Hankins has argued in “We Are All Digital Modernists Now” that “[t]he new modernist studies is now always already digital . . . because it is mediated by our contemporary digital culture.” As culture continues to change alongside the role of technology within it, the resources below (and those to be featured in forthcoming posts) can contribute to our reconsiderations of modernist studies. …


Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present

Twitter @Orlando_Project

Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present is a feminist literary history comprising accounts of the lives and works of its subjects, together with contextual materials relevant to critical readings. Created by interdisciplinary collaborators and published with twice-annual updates by Cambridge University Press, it is a dynamic textbase of original scholarship.

What is Orlando’s value for modernist scholars and teachers? It offers striking views of the points of contact among canonical and lesser-known writers and participants in literary cultures of the early twentieth century, the conditions of possibility for their work, and their relationships to varied creative movements that developed well beyond their historical moment. …


Lili Elbe Digital Archive

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Officially launched in February 2020, the Lili Elbe Digital Archive is a companion to Man into Woman: A Comparative Scholarly Edition, co-edited by Pamela L. Caughie (Loyola University Chicago) and Sabine Meyer (Humboldt University) and published in Bloomsbury’s Modernist Archives Series (2020). Man into Woman — published in Danish, German, and English editions between 1931 and 1933 — is the life narrative of Lili Elbe, an early recipient of what was then called “genital transformation surgery,” and one of the most iconic figures in the history of gender variance.

The Archive gathers together on a single interactive site the full range of materials comprising the compositional and early publication history of this canonical transgender work. Transcribed and encoded facsimiles of each edition, linked at the paragraph level, enable detailed comparison of different versions. These various editions, a mélange of historical and fictionalized materials, differ markedly in terms of narrative elements, pronoun choices, and paratexts in ways that affect the reading of gender across the texts. …


Canada and the Spanish Civil War Project

Twitter: @CanadaSCW

The Canada and the Spanish Civil War Project brings Canadian cultural materials about Spain to a broader audience and recovers Canada’s anti-fascist cultural history. The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) was not only a watershed moment in international history but also a crucial moment for Canada’s developing political identity and for the global development of literary modernism.

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New Frontier, Vol. 1, No. 8, December 1936

The conflict inspired nearly seventeen hundred Canadians to travel to Spain to join the fight against fascism. The artistic community in Canada also adopted Spain as one of the most rigorously represented subjects of the time. …

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