Aspect Magazine Project

Aspect magazine (1969-1980) was the creation of Edward J. Hogan, of Somerville, Massachusetts. Hogan was a history major at Northeastern University in March of 1969 when he launched a magazine featuring social and political commentary by a small group of university students. Hogan expanded that magazine to include poetry, fiction, graphic design, and literary news and reviews. Aspect published many writers, poets, and artists that represented the “Boston Scene” of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Project Description and Goals

The Aspect Magazine Project is a digital archive of a small but significant literary journal, Aspect magazine, published between 1969-1980. The Aspect Archive is designed for researchers, readers, writers, and students interested in the intellectual history of the New England region. As a scholarly resource, the archive increases access to the conversations and intellectual exchanges associated with the production of literature in New England among committed poets, artists and intellectuals.

Editor and Contributing Editors

The Aspect Project Director and Editor is Dr. Mark C. Long, professor of English and American Studies at Keene State College. With the assistance of the College Archivist, Rodney Obien, Dr. Long designed the project to offer undergraduate students hands-on experience with editorial and archival work.

As part of their coursework, students create descriptive metadata for an issue of the journal using the Dublin Core metadata standard and will write an informed and professional commentary on the writing and art in the issue. Each digital issue is published in the Aspect magazine archive. Students also use the art and writing in Aspect as a primary source in longer essay projects.

The learning objectives include developing pedagogical methods to afford students opportunities to sustain intellectual development, in scholarly inquiry and production, and apply method and theory to practice by working with primary documents. The Project also seeks to empower students in an institutional setting that promotes critical reflection on rapidly changing forms of digital communication and algorithmic organization: for these technologies not only organize information but increasingly shape how we use language and make meaning.


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