Modernist

One of the major strengths of the English Department is the number of its distinguished faculty who study, teach, and write on modernism. We have a dedicated and supportive community of professors, instructors, and graduate students who work together. Christina Walter’s book, Optical Impersonality: Science, Images, and Literary Modernism, has chapters on H.D., Mina Loy, T. S. Eliot, and D. H. Lawrence, as well as shorter discussions of Virginia Woolf, Ford Madox Ford, and Ezra Pound; her current project, "The Modernist Bite," traces how literary and visual modernism adapts food and digestive sciences to explain the nature of aesthetics, the role of community in modernism, and the cultural function of literary studies. Peter Mallios has published an award-winning book, Our Conrad: Constituting American Modernity and has edited several books by and about Joseph Conrad. Brian Richardson has authored or co-authored four books and over fifty articles that discuss twentieth century fiction and drama, in particular the works of Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, and Beckett. He is currently completing a book on the fate of misreading by characters in modernist fiction and plans to follow this with a book on Ulysses. He is the past President of the Joseph Conrad Society of America and a member of the editorial board of Conradiana. He also edited and introduced a special issue of Conradiana on Conrad and the Reader.

Several other professors' work centers on or engages with modernism. Zita Nunes, author of Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas, writes on the intersections of African American and Afro-Brazilian modernisms. Elizabeth Arnold edited and introduced Mina Loy's novel, Insel; Sheila Jelen is an expert on Hebrew and Yiddish modernism and has written and edited several books in those areas, including Modern Jewish Literatures; and Joshua Weiner has published on several modernist poets. William Cohen is a connoisseur of Oscar Wilde, John Auchard has done considerable work with Henry James and Graham Greene, and Merle Collins writes on and edits modern and contemporary Caribbean and Black British authors. Julius Fleming Jr. is completing a book, "Choreographies of Freedom: Performance and the Modern Civil Rights Movement," which examines the centrality of black literature and performance to the cultural and political landscapes of the modern Civil Rights Movement.Linda Kauffman has written widely on modern and contemporary experimental literature and its theory. Members of our faculty also regularly work with professors of modern literature and culture in other departments including Theatre, Comparative Literature, Art History, Women's Studies, and American Studies.

Our Faculty

Faculty Bookshelf

Author,Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice (THEORY INTERPRETATION NARRATIV)
Ohio State University Press,2015
,Emily Dickinson: A User's Guide
Wiley Blackwell ,2013
,A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative
Ohio State University Press; 1 edition ,2013
,The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish
The University of Chicago Press,2012
Co-Advisor ,Emily Dickinson Archive
Harvard University Press ,2012
,Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates (Coauthored)
Ohio State University Press,2012
Co-Editor, with Samuel Cohen,The Legacy of David Foster Wallace
University of Iowa Press,2012
,Twentieth-Century Poetry and the Visual Arts
Cambridge University Press,2011
,Our Conrad: Constituting American Modernity
Stanford University Press,2010
,Effacement
Flood Editions,2010
Co-Editor,Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries
University of Pennsylvania Press ,2009
Co-Editor,The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder
Harper Perennial,2009
Author,Pop Apocalypse: A Possible Satire
Harper Perennial ,2009
Editor,At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn
University of Chicago Press,2009
Editor ,Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby (Approaches to Teaching World Literature)
Modern Language Association of America ,2008
Co-Author,The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Volume A: Beginnings to 1800
Cengage Learning,2008
,Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas
University of Minnesota Press,2008
Co-Editor,Emily Dickinson's Correspondences: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry
The University of Virginia Rotunda Press,2008
,Narrative Beginnings: Theories and Practices
University of Nebraska Press,2008
Co-author,Jewish Literature And History: An Interdisciplinary Conversation (Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture)
CDL Press,2008
Co-Editor, with Mary Loeffelholz,A Companion to Emily Dickinson
Wiley-Blackwell,2008
Author,Hebrew, Gender, and Modernity: Critical Responses to Dvora Baron's Fiction
CDL Press: University Press of Maryland,2007
,Intimations of Difference: Dvora Baron in the Modern Hebrew Renaissance (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, & Art)
Syracuse University Press,2006
,Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction
Ohio State University Press,2006
,Civilization
Flood Editions,2006
,From the Book of Giants
,2006
Co-Editor ,Conversations with August Wilson (Literary Conversations)
University Press of Mississippi,2005
Editor,The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library,2004
Co-Editor, with Carola Kaplan and Andrea White,Conrad in the Twenty-first Century: Contemporary Approaches and Perspectives
Routledge,2004
Contributor,Four Trials
Simon & Schuster,2004
Co-Editor ,F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Perspectives
University of Georgia Press,2003
Editor,The Portable Henry James
Penguin Classics,2003
Co-Editor,Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F.Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC,2003
Editor,Victory, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library,2003
,Yeats and the Visual Arts
Syracuse University Press,2003
Editor,Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library,2002
Editor,Narrative Dynamics: Essays on Time, Plot, Closure, and Frames
Ohio State University Press,2002
Co-editor, with Neil Fraistat,Reimagining Textuality: Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print
University of Wisconsin Press,2001
Editor,Under Western Eyes
Modern Library Classics,2001
,The World's Room
University of Chicago Press,2001
,The Reef
University of Chicago Press,1999
Co-editor, with Ellen Louise Hart,Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson
Paris Press,1998
,Unlikely Stories: Causality and the Nature of Modern Narrative
University of Delaware Press,1997
,Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the Biographical Act
University of North Carolina Press,1996
Editor,New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Neglected Stories
University of Missouri ,1996
Editor,Italian Hours
Pennsylvania State Univ Press,1990
,Silence in Henry James: The Heritage of Symbolism and Decadence
Pennsylvania State Univ Press,1986
,Malcolm Lowry: A Preface to His Fiction
University of Chicago Press,1979
,Flaubert and Joyce: The Rite of Fiction
Princeton University Press,1971
Christina Walter, OPTICAL IMPERSONALITY (2105)
Author,Optical Impersonality: Science, Images, and Literary Modernism
Johns Hopkins University Press,2014

Upcoming Events

News

May 25, 2016
Three faculty members have been selected for the English department's second annual Teaching Excellence Awards for Professional Track Faculty. The recipients of the 2016 awards are Doug Kern, Justin Lohr, and Marybeth Shea.
May 19, 2016
Jeremy Metz's (Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature) short biography of Yanick Lahens, prominent Haitian novelist and essayist, appears in the just-published The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (DCALAB), edited by Franklin W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
May 19, 2016
As a guest of Hamilton College’s DHi, on April 14th Martha Nell Smith delivered a lecture to the college, “Diversity is Not a Luxury in DH: Institutional and Individual Challenges.” The next day she led a seminar, “Queering the Archives,” for faculty of the College.
May 18, 2016
Congratulations to our graduate students on their awards and accomplishments.
May 18, 2016
Joshua Weiner was in Berlin in April, adding to the Berlin Notebook, which the Los Angeles Review of Books will publish this summer as an e-book.  In May he gave poetry readings in London and Prague (Anglo-American U.); he delivered a talk titled, "The Berlin Notebook: Poetry, Politics, Ethics" (University of Warsaw); and another one, titled, "Rock Creek: Poetics of Personal Epic" (Göttingen University). Pages from the Berlin Notebook will appear this summer in "The Threepenny Review" and "B O D Y". 
May 18, 2016
This semester, Julius Fleming, Jr. was awarded the Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Virginia. He also delivered an invited lecture at Princeton University, and will give a talk at the International James Baldwin Conference in Paris, France next week. 
May 16, 2016
Bill Peterson (emeritus) spoke about the history of the Kelmscott Press Chaucer on May 11 at the University of Delaware Library.
May 16, 2016
Cameron Mozafari co-led a half-day workshop titled "Corpus-Based Approaches to Writing" at the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication. The well-received workshop demonstrated how corpus-linguistic methods can be a useful tool both in- and outside of the classroom for researching and teaching first-year academic writing.Cameron will also present a paper titled "The Cognitive Rhetoric of Emotions" at the Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference. This work brings together classical theories of emotion arousal in persuasive discourse with cognitive linguistic methods and insights from cognitive science to begin to describe the ways speakers and writers use language to motivate changes in audiences' feelings.
May 16, 2016
Chris Philpot has poems ("I'm Not Crying You're Crying" and "Genre Fiction") in issue 29 of Columbia Poetry Review. In March Chris presented a paper (Diva Worship as a Queer Poetics of Waste in D. Gilson's Brit Lit) at the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association's Annual Conference.
May 16, 2016
Elizabeth Arnold has a longish sequence of poems coming out in Chicago Review this summer. It's a central part of her next book, Skeleton Coast, which is set to appear from Flood Editions at the end of this year.

Resources

This list of useful resources for Modernists was assembled by Professor Brian Richardson and PhD Candidate Jennifer Wellman.  

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