Philobiblon: My first academic publication

Sunday, February 19, 2006

My first academic publication

It has taken a while - I wrote the piece the best part of 18 months ago - but my first academic article has just been published, Resurrecting Our Foremothers: My Hopes as a Biographer, Journalist, and Blogger. It is on Thirdspace, a feminist internet journal "for emerging scholars". (You might call mine a slow hatching, since I suspect most of the other contributors are rather younger.)

It draws for theory on my Mass Comm thesis, and in practice on my early experiences of blogging. Were I to be writing it now, it would include of course references to the Carnival of Feminists, but re-reading it now (when I'd pretty well forgotten what it contained) I am struck by the fact that there is a single theme in what I do, even though it is not obvious. From Miss Frances William Wynn's account of Princess Caroline and the pumpkin, to Friday Femmes Fatales, what I am trying to do is bring women to greater prominence, to preserve and propagate their words and thoughts.

Gosh, there is some sort of coherence after all ...

Do look too at other items in the journal, particularly "Writing Bridges: Memoir’s Potential for Community Building".

Elsewhere, I recently came across a more literary feminist journal, Trivia: Voices of Feminism. (I think they are taking postmodern irony too far in the title, but there is some interesting stuff there.)


Anonymous barb said...


By the way, have you ever read "Am I that name?" by Denise Riley? We're reading it in my fem theory class and thought it sounded like something you'd be interested in with this notion of the historical foundations of "women" and all that. Do you have any thoughts that might help clarify some of these ideas? She's kinda esoteric.

2/19/2006 08:04:00 pm  
Blogger Ahistoricality said...

Congratulations! And it looks like a good start on future publications too: laying down a method is a great place to start.

2/20/2006 02:17:00 am  
Anonymous david ware said...

Make this a third portion of congratulations--both on the publication and on having figured out the thread that's running through your work. Bringing women's voices (historic and current) to the fore shouldn't be as much of an uphill struggle as it is; somehow, in spite of the last few decades' worth of remedial effort the "big dead white males" still seem to get greatest coverage. Oh well, dig we must!

2/20/2006 04:28:00 am  
Blogger aeogae said...

Yes that's definitely what you've been doing!!

2/21/2006 02:56:00 am  
Blogger clanger said...


The concept of a self perpetuating eucharist of interesting women, maintained communally online, file-sharing style, as a form of dynamic memory cache. Is there enough redundancy to keep the corpus of data alive? Perhaps jettisoning half the human race helps, but it seems a little harsh.

It is certainly an interesting alternative to the library concept.

Historical evidence is not on our side on that one (Alexandria), so we'd better go further than we have before, if we want to beat the odds.

However, I have some doubts about the longevity of anything inaccessible by default (that is invisible until you boot your hardware, and run your software), however many copies there are.

The internet does offers access to a global thinking-space. Anyone with a connection can initiate something, by consensual viral marketing.

So here's a modest proposal for the old library model. Hook up a PC to a laser-drill, and start inscribing multiple copies of texts on to uniform pieces of slate. Don't forget to include multiple primers or 'rosetta slates'.

Despite the blog-context, I would urge the early inclusion in such a programme, of Dead White Male, Mr. Shakespeare.

Ultimately, the entire planet will be trashed by some cosmic-scale incident or other: We are such stuff as dreams are made on.

But that shouldn't stop us trying to 'push the envelope' of human existence.

2/21/2006 03:03:00 am  

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