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. William Cohen is a connoisseur of Oscar Wilde, John Auchard has done considerable work with Henry James and Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux has written on Yeats and the visual arts, on modern poetry and painting, and on digital scholarship. Richard Cross has published James Joyce, Malcolm Lowry, D. M. Thomas, and other modern writers, and Merle Collins writes on and edits Caribbean and contemporary Black British authors. Linda Kauffman and Brian Richardson have written widely on experimental literature and narrative theory; Richardson has recently published articles on Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Nabokov, and Beckett.

Several other professors' work centers on or engages with modernism. Zita Nuñes writes on the intersections of African American and Afro-Brazilian modernisms, Peter Mallios has published on Conrad, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Arnold edited and introduced Mina Loy's novel, Insel, Sheila Jelen is an expert on Hebrew and Yiddish modernism, Joshua Weiner has published on several of modernist poets. 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 and our own distinguished creative writing professors. Christina Walter has just been hired to further bolster our modernist faculty; she has published articles on HD and Mina Loy and is also working on Walter Pater, Michael Field, D. H. Lawrence, and T.S Eliot.

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
Co-Editor, with Samuel Cohen,The Legacy of David Foster Wallace
University of Iowa Press,2012
Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates (Coauthored)
Ohio State University Press,2012
Empowerment on an Unstable Planet: From Seeds of Human Energy to a Scale of Global Change
Oxford University Press,2011
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
Civilization
Flood Editions,2006
Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction
Ohio State University Press,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

Upcoming Events

Sat Mar 28

9:00 AM
Various Locations in Tawes Hall

Sat Apr 18

Fri Mar 4

News

March 27, 2015
Peter Witte has a personal essay titled "Enigma" that will be published in the May issue of The Sun. He also recently published a comic titled "Two Birds" in Buffalo Almanack and has comics that will soon be published in Hobart (titled "Devolution of My Parenting Philosophy") and The Rumpus (titled "Bacon, Egg, & Oats").
March 26, 2015
Bill Peterson (emeritus) and Sylvia Peterson were interviewed in the Winter 2015 issue of Fine Books and Collections about their project of cataloguing William Morris's library.
March 26, 2015
Emily Mitchell has a story in the April issue of Harper's Magazine.
March 25, 2015
Bob Levine's coedited critical and cultural edition of Frederick Douglass's The Heroic Slave was just published by Yale University Press. His literary biography, The Lives of Frederick Douglass, will be published by Harvard UP in the fall. On April 15th he's giving the annual Washington Emancipation Day Lecture, sponsored by George Washington University.
March 25, 2015
Jonathan Rick of PWP delivered two presentations in March: one, on the use and abuse of numbers, to a Ragan conference on PR measurement; the other, on business writing, to LEVICK, a DC-based communications consultancy. 
March 25, 2015
Radford's poem "Tree House" was published in the Winter 2015 issue of Agave Magazine.
March 25, 2015
From May 1-2, Noa will attend the British Modernities Group conference (through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) called "Bad Books: Mass Genres, Material Cultures, and Aesthetic Valuation." Her paper is titled "Textuality and Reception of Nabokov's The Original of Laura."
March 25, 2015
Amanda Visconti launched a participatory digital edition of James Joyce's Ulysses at InfiniteUlysses.com as part of her dissertation. She will present a talk about the project at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (0301 Hornbake Library) 12:30-1:45pm on Tuesday, April 7th.
March 25, 2015
Porter presented a paper at MLA in Vancouver last January titled "The New Barbarians: The Postcolonial Hacker in the Age of Globalization" as part of a panel on postcolonial digital humanities.
March 25, 2015
Sarah Bonnie will be presenting a paper at NAISA's Annual Conference this summer titled “The ‘Authentic Indian’ as a Biopolitical Invention: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’ Resistance to Colonial Constructions of Indianness.”

Resources

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

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