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Interdisciplinary Modernism

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Mon, 02/13/2023 - 1:24pm
As a pivotal tool of twentieth- and twenty-first century labor resistance, the strike has long been a vital topic for political cinema, even as it pushes the limits of filmic representation. How can filmmakers capture the unpredictable unfolding of collective resistance when they are often positioned outside the community of striking workers? How does one depict the withholding of labor, which might seem to institute a “dead time” in which “…
Mon, 10/24/2022 - 4:41pm
Dr. Andrew Zawacki will give a faculty workshop on his project Paris Photo Graff on Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (reading day) in the Lamar Dodd 3rd Floor Conference Room. A prose-photography hybrid, Paris Photo Graff interlaces its author’s black and white images of wall scrawl from the French capital with episodic meditations on open-source literary communities and semi-hidden subcultures, the commercialization of street art, the…
Fri, 09/16/2022 - 4:10pm
ModSquad Workshop Graduate Student Workshop with Kaitlin Thurlow, English Department and Tara Kraft, Art History. Thurlow and Kraft-Ainsworth will present in-progress articles for workshop discussion and feedback ahead of publication. Their papers will be pre-circulated 2 weeks prior to the workshop. Contact Dr. Susan Rosenbaum for copies of the papers    
Fri, 09/16/2022 - 2:46pm
A workshop with Dr. Ian Afflerbach, about his book Making Liberalism New: American Intellectuals, Modern Literature, and the Rewriting of a Political Tradition (Hopkins Studies in Modernism, 2021). Dr. Afflerbach presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion and a reception.  Location: Willson Center House, 1260 Lumpkin St.
Wed, 04/13/2022 - 12:46pm
The idea of cinema as an art is one born of cinephilia. While the term simply means “love of cinema,” cinephilia sets itself apart from the average film fan’s love of stars, spectacle, and popular genres, seeking out more challenging and complex pleasures. Like the art cinema it promotes, cinephilia has long been viewed as a mostly Euro-American phenomenon, a perception that has obscured rich traditions of film appreciation in Africa, Asia, and…
Fri, 02/04/2022 - 1:22pm
 Interdisciplinary Modernisms Workshop Graduate Student Work-in-Progress Wed. March 16th, 5;00 – 6:30 p.m., Zack Anderson and Nate Dixon, Ph.D. students in English & Creative Writing, will discuss some work in progress. We will pre-circulate their essays and email the Zoom link for the Workshop by March 1st. Contact Susan Rosenbaum ( for further details.
Wed, 01/08/2020 - 11:58am
John Greaney, Fulbright-NUI Postdoctoral Scholar 2019/20 at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a talk titled "Irish Modernism, Memory, and Narrative: the examples of Bowen and Beckett." Greaney lectures and tutors in University College Dublin and Maynooth University. His research interests include modernist studies, Irish studies, critical theory and continental philosophy. His work has been featured in Irish Studies Review and Textual…
Wed, 10/30/2019 - 1:40pm
Surrealist poets, painters, photographers, and filmmakers not only blurred the distinctions between the rational and irrational, the conscious and the unconscious, dream and waking reality, life and death, but they also subverted the bright line of categorical difference separating humans from animals.  The more bizarre, hybridized, and monstrous the animal kingdom appeared, the better as, “the Surrealist bestiary,” Breton held, “gives pride of…
Wed, 08/07/2019 - 2:32pm
An Interdisciplinary Modernisms Workshop with Jacqueline Ávila (Associate Professor, Department of Musicology, University of Tennessee) Workshop: Cinesonidos: Film Music and National Identity in Mexico’s Época de Oro  Dr. Avila's research interests include Mexican modernism, nationalism, and cinema and media studies. She was a recipient of the UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant and the American Musicological Society's Howard Meyer Brown…
Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:52am
Dr. McGinn's project uses network analysis to expand the modernist literary canon beyond an Anglo-centric perspective. It graphs the data extracted from Sturgis E Leavitt's 1960 index Revistas Hispanoamericanas: Indice Bibliografico 1843-1935 alongside the data from the Modernist Journals Project to examine the routes of intellectual exchange. The relations among hundreds of contributors to these periodicals trace a plurality of simultaneous…

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