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On Growing a Journal

A View from the South

Georgine Clarsen

Ten years of Transfers provides us with a moment to celebrate and a time to reflect on the confluence of choices and accidents that brought this journal to where it is today. Certainly, foremost among the deliberate moves to establish Transfers

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Timely Meditations on the Use and Abuse of History

Léon Werth's Déposition: Journal de guerre 1940-1944

Nathan Bracher

This article studies the question of history during the dramatic moments recorded in Léon Werth's Déposition: Journal de guerre 1940-1944. Analyzed in reference to Nietzsche, Descartes, and Lévinas, Werth's journal approaches history in a manner timely for then and now. Probing his own knowledge of and relation to France's unsettling defeat and Occupation by Nazi Germany,Werth undertakes his own version of a Cogito that leads not to some linear chain of syllogisms, but instead to an acute sense of implication in and even responsibility for history. Werth's lucidity, engagement, and ethics constrast favorably with Nietzsche's elitist, exclusionary vitalism as well as with the rationalist solitude of the Descartes' Discours de la méthode. His probing reflexions on his relation to historical events offer significant parallels to the philosophical project of Emmanuel Lévinas.

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Men and Masculinities the Journal

Raewyn Connell's Influence on its New Vision

Joseph D. Nelson, Tristan Bridges, and Kristen Barber

Founded over 20 years ago, the journal of Men and Masculinities has been a central scholarly outlet for empirical research in the growing field of gender, boyhood, and masculinity studies. Since its inception, it has published contemporary

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Benjamin Abrams

academic scholarship. Reflecting on conversations with editorial colleagues at Contention and other broad-scope journals, I have drawn together some brief guidelines on how best to compose the three most basic components of any academic review: criticism

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Marie-Ève Thérenty

This article describes the results developed in the recently published La Civilisation du journal, histoire culturelle et littéraire de la presse (ed. Dominique Kalifa, Philippe Régnier, Marie-Ève Thérenty, and Alain Vaillant), a collaboration between historians and literary scholars working together for eight years to write a synthesis about the history of the French press during the nineteenth century. It offers a comprehensive encyclopedia of journalism, the genres and forms of the periodical press, the principal figures of nineteenth-century French journalism, and the modern culture of the press. The article describes the different projects between history and literature that could be developed after this project. This kind of methodology should be extended to the relations between press and literature during the twentieth century, to women's journalism and to the globalization of the media during the nineteenth century. These projects could be developed with the help of the website Médias19.

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Jonathan A. Allan, Chris Haywood, and Frank G. Karioris

of increasing media scrutiny, political concern, and broader social and cultural interrogation about what it means to be a man, that this journal locates itself. Given the increasing uncertainties that surround men and masculinity, it is an exciting

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Mary Summers

Eugénie de Guérin was born in 1805 and died in 1848 in the isolated Château du Cayla in the department of the Tarn, in South West France. She was the first girl in a family of four children. Having lost her mother at the age of fourteen years, she was given responsibility for the upbringing of her younger brother, Maurice. She later refused three or even four proposals of marriage, so determined was she to keep her promise to her dying mother that she would care for Maurice and for the whole family. At the age of twenty-nine years, separated from her brother, who was living in Paris, and anxious about his spiritual welfare, she began writing a series of long and secret letters to him to guide him in his religious walk. At the same time as she was sending him secret letters via his friends, she was also sending him more public ones to be read out aloud to the cousins with whom he was lodging. Extracts from these intimate letters, entitled Reliquiae were published in France in 1855, seven years after her death. The publication met with tremendous success, possibly due to the rather unusual distribution of the limited number of fifty copies of the Reliquiae. These were given or sent to extremely well-known contemporary writers, such as Baudelaire, in the hope that this would lead to a great demand for the later publication of the whole journal. Indeed, such expectations were well met, for twelve out of a maximum of sixteen of her letter-booklets were published as the Journal d’Eugénie de Guérin in 1862 by G.S. Trébutien and Jules Barbey d ’ Aurevilly and reached eight editions only sixteen months after publication. By 1866, four years later, there were twelve editions, thirty by 1877, fifty-nine by 1929, but as her popularity slowed down, only 60 by 1977 and 61 by 2001.

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Kinga Frojimovics

The article analyses the main issues that appeared in the Hungarian Israel, the journal of the National Rabbinical Association of the Neolog and Status Quo Ante rabbis of Hungary, about the Great War. In the first years of the war, it concerned itself with the legitimization of the war from the Hungarian-Jewish point of view. Then, when the war did not end quickly, it focused on a professional issue: the functioning of the institution of the army chaplains. However, crucial topics that concerned Jews and non-Jews at the time did not come up in the journal. The topics avoided included popular anti-Semitic accusations that Jews evaded conscription, and that those who served were usually not front-soldiers but army contractors in the safety of the hinterland.

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Appalachian Hikers’ Digital Journals

Collective Writing for an Unruly Landscape

David McLaughlin

The Appalachian Trail—a hiking trail in the eastern United States—is for many an icon of the American wilderness experience. It is an unruly landscape, one which is yearly being re-made, re-marked, and “reclaimed” to wilderness. Within its corridor of trees, the Appalachian Trail hides decaying farms bought by forced purchase, ghosts of old cemeteries, and many different paths through the trees. There is a palpable sense of possibility, of constant change, and of what could have been. In this article, drawing on recent research in cultural geography which emphasizes the unsettled and unsettling nature of landscape, I will introduce the potential for new, digital literary-spatial forms made on the Appalachian Trail to write and to enact this unruly landscape.