Two years into this Print Plus project, the platform is both an established, integral part of Modernism/modernity and an ongoing experiment. On one hand, the platform is properly indexed by the MLA as part of the journal; readers have learned to visit the platform, to use its links to engage with both arms of the journal; scholars propose Print Plus-specific pieces that take advantage of our ability to embed media, or forums designed for our innovative cluster format. On the other, we’re all too aware that there is more that we can do to take advantage of the affordances of the digital, and we’re in continuous discussions with Johns Hopkins University Press about how to do that.
Chiefly involved in these discussions is Matt Huculak, who helped conceive and design this platform, and without whom it would not have become a reality. Matt, now Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Victoria, has stepped away from the day-to-day operations of the platform to focus on its long-term development (and his new blog on archives); he’s been ably replaced as Print Plus Managing Editor and Media Consultant by Emily Christina Murphy, who looks forward to leaving her own imprint on the platform.
This year also sees a transition at the helm of one of our longest running blogs. Lesley Wheeler has been part of the platform since its launch, curating, and often writing, the Process blog her stirring piece “Scholarship and Justice” served as the spur for the ongoing forum on scholarship, activism, and the challenges of our moment. Her interview with Jahan Ramazani this cycle serves as her farewell to the platform—but her thinking and writing about poetry continues at https://lesleywheeler.org/. Taking Lesley’s place at the Process blog is Walt Hunter, from Clemson University; we will kick off the next Print Plus blog cycle with his first offering, “Process Against Progress.”
The new cycle brings, too, the April print issue: we’ll shortly be featuring here the cover story, Joan Kee’s “Modern Art in Late Colonial Korea: A Research Experiment,” and a review by Greg Barnhisel of Evan Kindley’s Poet-Critics and the Administration of Culture. And the upcoming months will feature Print Plus exclusive articles by Jeremy Braddock, Lisa Hollenbach, David Nowell Smith, and Andrew Berish; an “Out of the Archive” feature on the writer S. N. Ghose; and clusters on Modernist Digital Humanities and Translation. We’ll see some new formats in the “What Are You Reading?” section, too—and probably some experiments we haven’t even dreamed up yet.