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Yellow Nineties 2.0

Photograph of all thirteen volumes of The Yellow Book

PI: Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, FRSC

Collaborators: Reg Beatty, Dennis Denisoff, Alison Hedley, Chris Keep, Frederick King, MJ Suhonos

Research Assistants:  Hayley Horvath (MA Lit Mod), Alexandra Pospisil (MA Lit Mod), Marion Grant (BA + Lit Mod), John Connolly (BA), Victoria Maxwell-Turansnki (BA)

Yellow Nineties 2.0 is an open-access resource for the study of “little magazines” produced in Great Britain in the 1890s, a period dubbed the “yellow nineties” after The Yellow Book, the controversial quarterly that ignited the decade with its sexually provocative and socially dissident art and literature. Yellow Nineties 2.0 updates the original  Yellow Nineties Online by expanding content, affordances, and pathways to discovery and knowledge creation. The original site’s 2 digital editions—The Pagan Review (1 vol, 1892) and The Yellow Book (13 vols, 1894-1897)—are in the process of revision and migration to Y90s 2.0. One new digital edition—The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal (4 vols, 1895-1897) —has been published on Y90s 2.0 and 5 more are in queue: The Dial (5 vols, 1889-1897); The Green Sheaf (13 vols, 1903-4); The Pageant (2 vols, 1896-1897); The Savoy (8 vols, 1896); and The Venture (2 vols, 1903-1905). When Y90s 2.0 is completed in 2022, researchers will be able to study 8 little magazines and their contributors—who hailed from Australia, the British Isles, India, Europe, North America, South America, and the West Indies—in the context of their multimedia, transnational, cultural moment. Adding to the original site’s peer-reviewed Biographies and self-reflexive Essays on Our Process, Y90s 2.0 offers users 3 new interactive affordances: a research tool to identify, locate, and compare the decorative devices that ornamented the pages of these innovative magazines (Database of Ornament); a biographical database that allows users to query, visualize, and analyze the relationships, connections, and social networks of approximately 700 magazine contributors (Y90s Personography); and a pedagogical tool for scholars and students to share their teaching and learning (Y90s Classroom).  Yellow Nineties 2.0  is generously supported by the collaboration and expertise of Ryerson University Library and funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant.

visit Yellow Nineties 2.0, external link

The Yellow Nineties Online Pageant Project

Project Team Lead: Fred King

The Pageant is an Aesthetic annual that published two issues in 1896 and 1897. Edited by Gleeson White and Charles Hazelwood Shannon, The Pageant features work by important figures of British Aestheticism and the international Decadence of the 1890s. The goal of this project is to present a digital edition that communicates the historical and cultural significance of this journal to late-Victorian literature and culture. In addition, an edited online edition of The Pageant will offer a significant contribution to The Yellow Nineties Online as that larger project places its ongoing study of The Yellow Book into material conversation with other significant periodicals of the fin de siècle.

visit The Pageant on the Yellow Nineties Online website


The Yellow Nineties Online Personography Project

Project Team Lead: Alison Hedley
Research Team: Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Reg Beatty
Collaborators: Bassam Chiblak, Dennis Denisoff, Dennis Hogan, Emilie-Andrée Jabouin

The Yellow Nineties Personography is a biographical database that documents information about the contributors to four avant-garde periodicals of 1890s Britain: The Yellow Book, The Pagan Review, The Savoy, and The Evergreen. The personography emerged out of The Yellow Nineties Online, a scholarly exhibition site and critical resource for The Yellow Book and the other three periodicals listed. With the Y90s personography, we seek to articulate the lively social and cultural networks of the artists and writers who contributed to these four publications. The biographical database of contributors will provide marked-up data we can analyze using visualization tools, opening up new lines of inquiry about the relationships and politics that shaped the late-Victorian avant-garde arts scene. We will also make this dataset available (as a spreadsheet and as TEI-conformant XML) to other researchers investigating fin-de- siècle culture and its artistic and literary productions.


The Yellow Nineties Online Database of Ornament Project

Project Team Lead: Lorraine Janzen Kooistra
Research Team: Kaitlyn Fralick, Reg Beatty, John Connolly
Collaborators: Laura Chapnick, Chelsea Miya

A digital research tool built in OMEKA software, The Database of Ornament categorizes and indexes textual ornaments from Victorian periodicals and establishes a standard vocabulary set for markup in digital editions on The Yellow Nineties Online. The Database allows the research team to collect, display, and compare ornament types across periodical titles. The first phase of the project aims to create visual files, descriptive metadata, and a standard vocabulary for the textual ornaments in the four volumes of The Evergreen: A Northern Magazine. The second phase of the project will expand to include other Y90s periodicals with textual ornaments, such as The Savoy, The Dial, and The Greensheaf. Digital editions of these magazines on The Yellow Nineties Online will be hyperlinked to the Database to expand users’ understanding of the importance of textual ornaments to fin-de- siècle aesthetic magazines and to allow them to collect, compare, and analyze a rich visual archive of ornaments used in fin-de- siècle aesthetic magazines.

visit The Database of Ornament site