ENGL749T - Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature. Transatlantic Modernism: Modernist Circulations: Maps, Movements, Materialities

This course takes as its starting point the idea that modernism is in a sense movement, as much as it is a movement.  Modernists were moving geographically towards new regionalities, nationalities, or transnationalities; or more abstractly, towards new spaces and new densities—and so always thereby towards what we might call new but often highly fraught lat(t)itudes.  At the same time, modernists were also thinking of themselves, physiologically, as a site of movement:  circulations, vibrations, contractions, expansions, waste, and repair.  And they were mapping and remapping subjectivities and identities in the midst of these movements.  In this course, we’ll examine modernism’s multi-directional and -locational concern with movement, considering the formal, theoretical, and thematic tendencies that index it, as well as the way that these tendencies negotiate important questions pertaining to race, colonialism, gender, sexuality, and faith.