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Welcome to the Johns Hopkins University Press podcast page. Visit often to hear interviews with contributors and editors from our collection of journals. Listen to each podcast episode in the player underneath the post.


Stefanie Hofer, American Imago

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The most recent issue of the journal American Imago featured four essays focused on grief and loss. The issue, titled "Memory and Remembrance: Essays in Psychoanalytic Autobiography", contains "Lockout: Spacing Trauma and Recovery in the Aftermath of the Virginia Tech Shootings," an essay written by Virginia Tech University faculty, Stefanie Hofer. She lost her husband, Jamie Bishop, on April 16, 2007 during the deadliest school rampage in the US history. Hofer joined us to talk about her post-traumatic writing and how it has helped her to persevere and heal.

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Steven Olsen-Smith, Leviathan

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In the June 2015 issue of Leviathan, Steven Olsen-Smith edited a section called "Recovering Melville's Hand," which featured three articles on digital discovery and analysis of works found on the Melville's Marginalia Online website. Olsen-Smith, a faculty member at Boise State University who is spending the current year holding the Holland H. Coors Endowed Visiting Chair at the United States Air Force Academy, joined us to talk about this fascinating branch of Melville studies.

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Georgiann Davis and Ellen Feder, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics

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The Summer 2015 issue of the journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics features more than a dozen personal narratives from intersex people about the challenges they face and problems with how the medical community addresses their needs. Guest editors Georgiann Davis and Ellen Feder join us to talk about the issue and what they hope happens as medical professionals and the general public learn more about intersex.

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Stephen J. Burn, Modern Fiction Studies

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The Summer 2015 issue of the Modern Fiction Studies takes a look at neuroscience and modern fiction, surveying current work on literature and brain research. The six articles and one review essay take a comprehensive look at cognitive literary studies. Guest Editor Stephen J. Burn from the University of Glasgow joined us to talk about this field of literary criticism and the special issue.

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Theatre Topics' 25th Anniversary

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The journal Theatre Topics is publishing its 25th volume in 2015. As the journal celebrates this milestone, it also marks its second year producing three issues per volume. All of this has led to some reflection on how the journal has grown since its 1991 debut as “a tool for establishing an on-going dialogue among theatre practitioners / artists / teachers,” according to the introduction in Volume 1, Issue 1 by Beverly Byers-Pevitts. In 2014, the journal published reflections from past editors. We interviewed several of those important people in the history of Theatre Topics about the journal’s growth and current place in the field.

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Ariela Freedman, Partial Answers

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Over the last three decades, comics, graphic memoirs, and graphic novels have continued to emerge as literary, artistic, and cultural artifacts of central importance. The journal Partial Answers recently published a selection of papers called "Comics and the Canon" to examine this growing trend. Guest editor Ariela Freedman from Concordia University in Montreal talked to us about the forum as well as the place of comics in today's literary landscape.

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Marianne Ryan, portal: Libraries and the Academy

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The journal portal: Libraries and the Academy has a new editor. Marianne Ryan, Associate University Librarian for Public Services at Northwestern University, took over the top position earlier this year. This also happens to be a special year for portal, which celebrates its 15th volume in 2015. Ryan joins us to talk about the journal's sesquidecennial, the importance of her time as associate editor and what the future holds for portal.

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Joseph Campana, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

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The Spring 2015 issue of SEL Studies in English and Literature 1500-1900 features a cluster of articles under the title "Staging Allegory." Joseph Campana, Editor for 1500-1659 for the journal, put together the collection which takes a comprehensive look at the use of allegory in Stuart and Tudor drama. Campana joined us to talk about allegory, the cluster and the possibility of more specialized collections in future issues.

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Clare McManus and Lucy Munro, Shakespeare Bulletin

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The March 2015 issue of Shakespeare Bulletin took a look at "Renaissance Women’s Performance and the Dramatic Canon: Theater History, Evidence, and Narratives." Guest editors Clare McManus (University of Roehampton) and Lucy Munro (King’s College London) join us to discuss how criticism of the canonical drama of the professional stage should not overlook women’s performance, suggesting that by doing so scholarship will gain an increased understanding of the ways in which commercial plays responded to an important aspect of theatrical culture.

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Tobie Meyer-Fong, Late Imperial China

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The Society for Qing Studies has begun to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The society publishes Late Imperial China, which got its start as the newsletter Ch'ing-shih wen-t'i in 1965. Anniversary celebrations kicked off with a panel discussion of current and former editors at the Association for Asian Studies meeting earlier this year. Editor Tobie Meyer-Fong joins us to talk about the event and what readers can expect in the future from the journal and the society.

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