Welcome to my brand new site; the new and improved big sister to my first attempt at website building (https://sites.google.com/site/leonorasansay/home). Things are slowly coming together. Head on over to my photos section to see what I have put up so far. I will soon have an intro at the top of that photo page that explains why the photos vary in quality (hint..$$). Additionally, I need to find the words to thank the folks who provided them for me. By and far, these librarians have been some of the most encouraging and pleasant people I have worked with. Their willingness slog across their campuses and dig up old and dusty books for me, and then photograph them on their own time (and often with their own cellphones-- sending me preliminary shots to make sure they were what I wanted) is so incredibly kind and generous that I almost don't know how to thank them.
So, what can you expect out of this website? Well, right now my primary research concerns revolve around the following points:
- Inventory all of Sansay's remaining original texts, it seems that there are about 20 left in the world. Then catalog where those texts are located and what condition they are in.
- Gather copies of the remaining letters that she wrote or that her loved ones wrote about her.
- Detail her publishing process. Who were her publishers, how much did they pay their writers, how did they advertise their books, and how many of hers were printed and sold? etc.
- Inventory the current academic work being done on her. There are probably around 20 academic articles (that I have found through the available databases that NEIU subscribes to) that have been written about her books. From here explore where further research is needed.
- Share my own research process. The reason for this is twofold: to foster academic transparency and to show what *my* material conditions are and how they shape the outcome of my research. I am trying to provide a material analysis of Sansay's remaining texts and her publishing conditions. I find it fascinating to explore the challenges that her and I both face in our pursuits.
- Question the current conception of Leonora Sansay as a "coquette" and provide material resources that can help researchers articulate a more nuanced interpretation of her biographical information.