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Unghosting Apparitional (Lesbian) History

Erasures of Black Lesbian Feminism

Michelle Moravec, Author

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How to Ghost Hunt In History

Although I eventually traced Bonnie Johnson through three aspects of her life, participation in  a famous conference, her writing and photographs that appeared in feminist periodicals, and her study of women’s history, the the organization of this project is intended to reflect the often circular and frustrating aspects of my research process.

Scalar is designed with many navigational options, however, using them imposed a greater cohesiveness on to the project than exists.  Beyond the introductory and concluding paths I have not defined relationships between the pages.

Instead, building on Scalar’s deeper infrastructure, I’ve embedded links to pages of the project (indicated by the color purple) within pages.  The content on the embedded pages becomes visible when the cursor passes over these links.  This sense of interrupted narrative, and glimpses of information, is similar to what I experienced while researching.  I have not included footnotes, but rather have harnessed Scalars ability to pull content in from partner archives or have included external links (blue) to my sources.

The comments function of Scalar offered the ability to include multiple perspectives.  I am deeply indebted to the early readers who offered their comments

Although I envision the reader wandering through this project, early readers indicated a desire for some signposts.  I added a numbered sequence (from 1-21) to allow the reader to approximate the location of each page in the larger narrative. The project may also be navigated spatially or temporally.   The menu bar to the left has been repurposed to provide 

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