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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.


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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Charles Henry Rowell, Callaloo Art

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The journal Callaloo has added a fifth issue to each volume. Callaloo Art debuted in late 2014 and will continue as an annual issue devoted to African Diaspora visual art and culture. The first issue focuses on American artists born after 1959 and highlights the work of 32 visual artists. The issue also includes essays, interviews and poetry. Editor Charles Henry Rowell joined us to talk about the issue and future plans for Callaloo Art.

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