Author Archives: David M. Earle

About David M. Earle

Assistant Professor of Transatlantic Modernism and Print Culture at the University of West Florida; Founder/Moderator of the "1925 Virtual Newsstand" (www.uwf.edu/dearle/enewsstand.htm); author of _Re-Covering Modernism: Pulps, Paperbacks, and the Prejudice of Form_ and _All Man!: Hemingway, 1950s Men's Magazines, and the Publc Persona_.

Pulp Methodology

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I wanted to thank everyone for the great questions in yesterday’s session. And I wanted to follow up on some of the conversation in the Chat string, as well as some of the emails that I’ve received. Initially,  think that I need to clarify my use of the term “distance reading” as different from Moretti’s/the DH sense, in that what I mean is to read a sampling of fiction (whether in a single issue, across a single title, or within a single genre) in order to identify repeated tropes and formulaic patterns so a to identify broad cultural dynamics. Therefore, similar to Moretti, but a non-technological reading practice opposed or defined against the modes of reading established and sanctioned in an English Studies founded upon the reading practices of New Criticism. I think that I can clarify this (and other things) more if I attach part of a talk I gave at a symposium on Pulp Studies at James Madison a few years ago — a part specifically about methodology presented to an audience working specifically with pulp magazines. I will do some editorial intrusions for clarification and to contextualize for a more general audience. I hope this adds to yesterday’s conversation. Avanti… Continue reading

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