Mina Loy:Navigating the Avant-Garde Wins MLA Publication Award

Modernist Networks is proud to share the news that one of our projects, Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde, has won the prestigious MLA award for collaborative, bibliographical, or archival scholarship. The full press release for the award can be found here.

Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde is directed by Suzanne W. Churchill, Linda A. Kinnahan, and Susan Rosenbaum. The project documents Mina Loy’s avant-garde affiliations, pursuing new modes of textual and visual expression in order to invite a closer, more informed engagement with her work.

We invite you to explore Mina Loy through ModNets to see why it has garnered such high praise. 

Call for Proposals:

ModNets Digital Editions

The directors of Modernist Networks, a consortium of digital projects in modernist literature and culture, invite proposals for digital editions of works spanning the late 19th through the mid 20th centuries. Our site ( contains two very different examples, Notebooks of a Woman Alone and The Lili Elbe Digital Archive.

ModNets has the dual goals of providing a vetting community for digital modernist scholarship and a technological infrastructure to support development of scholarly projects and access to scholarship on modernist literature and culture. ModNets aims to promote affiliated digital projects; to offer peer review based on content, conception, and technical design; to provide editorial and technical support; to evolve standards and “best practices”; and to maintain a system for the aggregation of scholarly resources in the field.

Proposals for editions should provide the following information.

  1. Name, institution, and contact information for the editor(s).
  2. Publication date and copyright status for the primary work being proposed.
  3. A brief description of the work and a rationale for the digital edition.
  4. A short account of the platform or tools that will be used to develop the edition.

Please see our Peer Review guidelines at and our Submissions page at Projects ready for peer review can be submitted via our Google Form (  Proposals can be submitted at any time to one or both co-directors, Pamela L. Caughie ( or David Chinitz (, and will be reviewed by members of our advisory board (

The following announcement of a course on digital editions may be helpful:

Digital Editions: Start to Finish

The Center of Digital Humanities Research at Texas A&M University is happy to announce that we are offering a remote course this fall, “Digital Editions: Start to Finish”, through our continuing education program Programming4Humanists! Registration is now open! Additional information is below. Please visit our website for more details, or visit our online store to register. Please contact us at with any questions.

In this online webinar offered every Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Central US Time (Chicago), starting September 30, 2022 and finishing on December 9, 2022 (11 weeks), we will go through all the necessary steps for creating a digital edition of texts, beginning with coding plays, novels, letters, stories, and poems in TEI, using and modifying XSLT programs that transform these TEI documents into Web pages, and then launching the digital edition on the web. We will also introduce participants to XPath and XQuery. Taught by a team of five people, some graduates from previous versions of this webinar, the course has been streamlined by offering to participants pre-made XSLT and CSS files that, when used, enable launching a digital edition by Thanksgiving! We hope you can join us.

All class sessions will be recorded and posted for participants whose schedules conflict with the live meeting time. More detailed information, including the course syllabus, can be found on our website,

ModNets Classroom Has Moved!

ModNets is currently in the early phases of redesigning its user interface. As part of this transitionary period, a new, expanded Classroom page has been created. You can find all of our previous Classroom posts, as well as a new lesson from Pamela Caughie entitled “From Work to Text”: Teaching Theory with Woolf Online.

Have an idea for a new classroom lesson using projects featured on ModNets? Let us know! We are always looking to add more materials and lesson plans. You can contact us at

Waiting for Godot? Not Anymore!

Modnets has added new works from the Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Archive, including Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Krapp’s Last Tame, Malone Dies, and Moloy. These new additions illuminate Beckett’s writing process during a particularly pivotal segment of his career. You can view them on Modnets here.

Modnets is currently in the process of updating all of its holdings, and we have several new projects on the horizon! Check back soon for more.

ModNets @Louisville Conference 2017

ModNets hosted a panel, “(Re)Interpreting Modernism through Digital Scholarship,” and a digital exhibit at The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 February 24-25, 2017.


Pictured here are Nikolaus Wasmoen, Project Manager; Niamh McGuigan, Associate Director; Pamela Caughie, Co-Director; and, Patrick Belk, Editor of the Pulp Magazine Project, one of ModNets’ peer-reviewed federated sites.

Man Into Woman presentation at Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities

On February 22, Pamela Caughie, Co-Director of Modernist Networks, presented a lecture at Loyola’s Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities on her current project, a comparative scholarly print and digital edition of Man into Woman, Lili Elbe’s life narrative.

Co-presenters were Elizabeth Hopwood from CTSDH, and graduate research assistants Emily Cottrell Datskou and Maria Palacio.  The print edition, co-edited with Sabine Meyer of Berlin, will be published in Bloomsbury Academic’s Modernist Archives series; the digital edition and archive, co-edited with Nikolaus Wasmoen, will be hosted by Loyola University Chicago Libraries.

MSA 18 Works-in-Progress Seminar

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-9-53-45-amThis fall, six of the projects that presented at the Digital Exhibition session at MSA 17 in Boston started an online conversation about issues facing modernist digital scholarship, which discussion continued when we were able to meet up in person at a special seminar session held at MSA 18 in Pasadena.

Notes from the in-person meeting in Pasadena on November 20th, have now been posted on ModNets at

It was wonderful to hear about the recent developments for each of the projects that took part, and to have a chance to compare notes and try out some new ideas with a group of scholars from different backgrounds, disciplines, and institutions. Participating projects and people included:

  • “considered queer by us mortals”: Sarah Payne & William Quinn
  • DigitalYoknapatawpha: Johannes Burgers & Worthy Martin
  • Marianne Moore Digital Archive: Cris Miller & Nikolaus Wasmoen
  • Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde: Linda Kinnahan, Susan Rosenbaum & Suzanne Churchill
  • Modernist Archives Publishing Project: Michael Widner, Helen Southworth, and Alice Staveley
  • ModNets: Pamela Caughie, David Chinitz, & Nikolaus Wasmoen

Seminar co-organizers Suzanne Churchill and Nikolaus Wasmoen would like to thank everyone who contributed, as well as the MSA and the conference organizers who allowed us to experiment with an unconventional seminar format. Due to the positive feedback received from members of the seminar, we hope that it might provide a useful basis for future event programming at MSA, and perhaps a future iteration that could be opened up to wider participation.

The Notebooks of a Woman Alone added to ModNets’ Peer-Reviewed Projects

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ModNets is pleased to announce the aggregation of a new peer-reviewed resource: The Notebooks of a Woman Alone ( The Note Books of a Woman Alone is a critical edition of the 1935 text edited by Ella Ophir and Jade McDougall. This little-known work provides a window into the experiences of Evelyn (Eve) Wilson, an editor’s chosen pseudonym for the real “Woman” of the title whose real name is no longer known. As Ophir’s editorial introduction to the work explains, whoever Eve was, her writings present a special perspective on the literature, culture, and social life of England from about 1913-1934:

As an unmarried woman supporting herself and living on her own, Wilson did not fit into the established frameworks of family and social life in her era. She was not a wife, a widow, or a mother; nor was she a daughter caring for a parent, nor an aunt in a married sibling’s household. Of necessity she worked for her living, but she was not among the pioneering professional women of her generation who defined themselves by their careers. She was dislocated even from the class structure: economically she was no longer part of the middle class in which she grew up; culturally she did not belong to the class below.

Wilson’s project of self-documentation was spurred in part by her awareness of the historical novelty of her schemelessness, which was also a new and uncharted freedom.

The Note Books are fully text searchable in the ModNets index, down to the individual page level. Thanks to Jon Bath, the technical lead of the Note Books project, who generated the full text RDF for indexing.


Making Modernism Becomes Full-text Searchable



The Newberry Library’s “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th-Century Chicago” digital exhibit has been recognized as our latest peer-reviewed project, and can now be explored through full-text searching on ModNets and its affiliated COLLEX nodes.

Beckett Digital Manuscript Project added to ModNets


ModNets is pleased to announce a new partner to our consortium: the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project. BDMP digitally reunites the manuscripts of Samuel Beckett’s works and facilitates genetic research. The project brings together digital facsimiles of documents that are now preserved in different holding libraries, and adds transcriptions of Beckett’s manuscripts, tools for bilingual and genetic version comparison, a search engine, and an analysis of the textual genesis of his works. In addition to L’Innomable / The Unnamable (1949–50), now available in the ModNets database, period-appropriate texts from the BDMP will continue to be ingested as they are completed.