SHARP 2021 talk “Moving Textual Histories: Students Editing Women’s Writing in the American Prison Writing Archive”

Leuner, SHARP 2021, talk draft Panel “Rejecting “Big Dick Data”: Data Intimacy in Large-Scale Book History Projects”, with Kate Ozment and Kandice Sharren, moderated by Michelle Levy. Moving Textual Histories: Students Editing Women’s Writing in the American Prison Writing Archive Trigger warning: this talk includes discussion of imprisonment, trauma, and bodily and emotional harm suffered within the prison system. [Slide 1: Title] Authors writing in prison have made significant contributions to textual histories, but for those without publishers, digital projects that aggregate and share their stories play vital roles in advancing justice for incarcerated people and the prison abolition movement. However, personal accounts have…

New pub alert: “Locating Women’s Book History in The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing” in SEL 60.4 (Autumn 2020)

Leuner, Kirstyn J. “Locating Women’s Book History in The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing.” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, vol. 60 no. 4, 2020, p. 651-671. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/sel.2020.0026.

New pub alert: “Restoring Authority for Women Writers: Name Authority Records as Digital Recovery Scholarship” in HLQ 84.1 (Spring 2021)

“Restoring Authority for Women Writers: Name Authority Records as Digital Recovery Scholarship” appears in Huntington Library Quarterly‘s special issue on Women in Book History, 1660-1830, edited by Betty Schellenberg and Michelle Levy. My section also features essays by Kandice Sharren and E. J. Clery, and our section ends with a cowritten response and vision regarding naming and narratives of authorship, especially for women. Both pieces — my essay and our response — can be found in volume 84, no. 1 (Spring 2021). Find this issue on Project Muse

“Collected, Catalogued, Counted” ~ a podcast episode about The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing

In Season 2, Episode 2 of The WPHP Monthly Mercury Podcast, “Collected, Catalogued, Counted,” Kandice Sharren and Kate Moffatt — both editors for the Women’s Print History Project (WPHP) — interview me about all things Stainforth! How did the project start? What does our data look like? What editorial decisions we made along the way? What are Person Records and how do we use the Virtual International Authority File? You can listen to the second episode of Season 2 of of The WPHP Monthly Mercury, “Collected, Catalogued, Counted”, on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and other podcast apps, available via Buzzsprout.

Videos for “Resistance in the Materials: A Gathering of Printers Pressing for Change” Plenary and Roundtable Events, 25-26 Feb. 2021

The videos are here! The #antiracismUMD YouTube channel just released recordings from “Resistance in the Materials: A Gathering of Printers Pressing for Change.” The two-day bicoastal event, held 25-26 February 2021, centered BIPOC artists, scholars, interventionists, and allies who leverage “print” broadly construed across many media as an accessible form of activism capable of leaving its own unique impressions in diverse communities. Featuring Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Jonathan Senchyne, Victoria Law, Sarah Matthews, Rio Yañez, and Amy Suo Wu. “Resistance in the Materials” was co-organized by Santa Clara University (Kirstyn Leuner, Kathy Aoki, Michelle Burnham) and the University of Maryland (Matt Kirschenbaum,…

Resistance in the Materials: A Gathering of Printers Pressing for Change

It’s now March 8, unbelievably, and I’ve finally caught up sufficiently on grading and administrative tasks to blog a bit about a recent two-day event I co-organized called “Resistance in the Materials: A Gathering of Printers Pressing for Change.” The organization efforts for this event mirror the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the event itself. Resistance in the Materials was a collaboration between the year-long Antiracism Series at the University of Maryland’s Center for Literary and Comparative Studies and Santa Clara University’s Center for the Arts and Humanities. A discussion begun by Tita Chico (UMD) and Michelle Burnham (SCU) early…

“How Anne B. Poyntz Lost Her Je ne sçai quoi (1769) to a Patron, a Printer’s Reader, & Google Books” – Technologies of Print Symposium 2.19.21

Here are the slides for my talk, “How Anne B. Poyntz Lost Her Je ne sçai quoi (1769) to a Patron, a Printer’s Reader, & Google Books,” delivered at the Technologies of Print Symposium: Geographies of Meaning on 19 February 2021. I have also included a few additional links for reference. British Library’s catalog record for Je ne sçai quoi : British Library’s digital library copy of JNSQ: Google Books’ PDF of JNSQ: ESTC record for JNSQ: Worldcat record for JNSQ: Thank you to the following people for your assistance with this project-in-progress: John Boneham…

“World Peace in Five Easy Steps”: Teaching Freire with a Collaborative Spotify Playlist, with Rhiannon Giddens

On Tuesday January 19th, our Fall term “Women’s Prison Writing” class had the privilege of making a Spotify playlist with SCU’s Frank Sinatra Artist-in-Residence Rhiannon Giddens. Specifically, we made a playlist to express and teach others about Paulo Freire’s concept of dialogue that he writes about in chapter 3 of Pedagogy of the Oppressed. The idea is that making a playlist will reinforce for students that they understand the five parts of dialogue and have considered how to convey them to others in a persuasive and memorable way, effectively sharing that knowledge with a public audience on Spotify. In theory,…

MLA 2021, “Recovery, Identity, and WikiData: What Literary Scholars Need to Know,” Panel

On Friday 8 January 2021, I joined three colleagues on a panel organized by my co-editor and colleague Deborah Hollis, head of Special Collections at University Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder. Speakers on our panel include, clockwise from the upper left, Chris Long (CU Libraries), myself, Deborah Hollis (CU Libraries), and Danna D’Esopo (SCU class of 20). Our panel examined a history of our DH project The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing as it relates to a specific kind of recovery scholarship to create, edit, and share authority records for lesser-known women writers. We addressed authority records created specifically for…

“Why Do Academic Writing? and How to Get It Done” invited lecture for Auburn Univ. at Montgomery

On Friday, October 30, I delivered an invited virtual lecture to the Auburn University at Montgomery campus with the goal of inspiring faculty to invest their time in disciplinary scholarship both for personal and professional reward. My audience included faculty and graduate students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and from across the University. I share my slides below. I had a blast delivering this 40-minute presentation followed by Q&A about research and academic writing. Scholarship is a favorite part of my job.