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I want to re-title my talk: "Good bloggers make good authors" after Mark's comment during our 30-minute discussion after our presentations.
It was important for me to attend this session, even though it came right before my own talk. I am very glad that I did as Matthew Jockers addressed my topic directly in his talk.
This call is yet another opportunity for graduate students to find a community in which to blog and respond.
One of the questions that I am left with after attending MLA13 panels and after my talk is: when/what is it not okay to blog? I put a lot of faith in open access, but I also think it would be remiss of me not to be canny about copyright and making sure that I have not occluded publishing opportunities in the future.
Precisely. I would also add that any blog that has a comment forum displays its desire for peer review through comments and responses. The problem of preservation is an issue that I don't know how to address, except to be hopeful and put my faith in the power of the Internet to fail to ever delete anything fully or permanently.
In a panel on accessing Romanticism through the Atlantic Slave Trade, I connected with Paul Youngquist and Frances Botkin's call for explorations of new kinds of scholarship to transmit what they were researching and learning from Maroon histories in Jamaica. They seemed particularly interested in events as transmission -- performance theory style.
Laura Mandell's talk on literary labs was the first panel I attended at MLA and *immediately* I saw that the blog post can function, as Ted Underwood commented in our panel, much like a lab: a place where experimentation and failure are safe and encourage play and learning. Lindsey Eckert echoes Laura's claim.