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.

“Reading Modernist Cities”

“Reading Modernist Cities” (RMC) is a digitally augmented text platform for teachers and researchers of literature. The platform allows for two specific ways of interaction: reading and creating. At the most basic level, RMC acts as an enhancement of print and ebook versions of texts. In its present, prototype iteration, RMC texts are drawn from Project Gutenberg‘s public domain literary corpus. These texts are then edited by content experts to include culturally relevant (and open access) images, sounds, films, and historical material. As an open source tool, RMC is now moving into a second phase of development in which it can also be used by researchers, instructors, and students interested in augmenting their own texts. This spring 2016, RMC is entering the beta testing phase. If you or your class are interested in testing out the platform please email Melissa Dinsman, project P.I., at

ModNets Launch Event at MSA 17 in Boston

ModNets held its first in-person demonstration on November 20th at the MSA 17 conference in Boston. The event allowed us an opportunity to discuss our work within the Advanced Research Consortium and the peer review and aggregation services we’re excited to make available to modernist digital scholarship.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to discuss the site, take a test drive, or to tell us more about your projects.

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We are now actively seeking digital projects to join our federation. For information on our editorial board, our peer review process, and the kinds of projects we are looking for, see, or contact our project manager, Nikolaus Wasmoen, at