Spring 2020 Publications

In the past few weeks, I’ve published a number of short pieces on topics ranging from medieval manuscripts to contemporary poetry. All are currently available to read for free online.

I have also been curating a series of blog posts about marine ecosystems, titled Blue Notes, for the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.

Science/Fiction Course in Penn Omnia

My Junior Research Seminar, “Science/Fiction,” was featured in a recent Penn Omnia article by Lauren Rebecca Thacker. We chatted about the structure and content of the course, which examines the relationships between literature and science at multiple points in history, as well as the challenges of shifting to remote instruction. You can read the interview at omnia.sas.upenn.edu/story/science-fiction.


Ole Worm’s Cabinet of Curiosities, from the “Museum Wormianum” catalogue (Wikimedia Commons)

Digital Edition of LJS 445

I’m very pleased to announce that my digital edition of an astronomical anthology at the University of Pennsylvania is now live at aylinmalcolm.com/ljs445. Features of this site include a collation visualization, sidebar annotations, and a series of curated “tour stops” highlighting the unusual characteristics of this deceptively unassuming manuscript.

This edition uses the Manicule web application, and was produced in collaboration with Whitney Trettien. To access its documentation or download the edition, visit https://github.com/avamalcolm/LJS445.

Cygnus from LJS 445
An image of the constellation Cygnus from fol. 179v of LJS 445.

PennSound Podcast: New Writing Through the Anthropocene

I recently appeared on an ecopoetry-focused episode of the PennSound Podcast Series, alongside Julia Bloch, Director of the Creative Writing Program; visiting poets Allison Cobb and Brian Teare; and fellow PhD student Knar Gavin. The episode, “New Writing Through the Anthropocene,” is available on the Jacket2 blog.

For a recording of Cobb and Teare’s reading at the Kelly Writers House the same night, see this KWH-TV video

Curations for The Pulter Project

My curations for Hester Pulter’s poem “Universal Dissolution” are now available on the Pulter Project website. These short essays showcase secondary materials that offer context for Pulter’s poetry, from sea monsters and unicorns to early modern celestial cartography.

The Pulter Project is a wonderful initiative bringing wider recognition to a deserving seventeenth-century poet, and is well worth a close look.

Conrad Gessner, Historia animalium liber IV: qui est De piscium & aquatilium animantium natura: cum iconibus singulorum ad viuum expressis ferèe omnibus DCCXII, 2nd ed. (Frankfurt: Andreas Cambier, 1604), p. 119. Biodiversity Heritage Library, Public Domain.