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Claudia Emerson’s Literary Journals class is pushing the boundaries of thinking through the relationship between theory and practice in the classroom by having students conceptualize, build, and design their own web-based literary journal. This experience-based course in the humanities breaks the fifteen week semester up into two parts respectively: 1) an intense discussion-based examination of the most prominent contemporary literary journals; 2)designing, conceptualizing and building their own online literary journal. The pertinence of a “technology lab” in such a humanities class offers the students a unique, goal-driven experience of analysis, conception, and creation -and all within the course of one semester.