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Modernism and Globalization

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Since its inception in 2007, the Modernism and Globalization Seminar Series has explored the effects of globalization on the production, circulation, and study of twentieth- and twenty-first century literature and culture. With public lectures, full-day symposia, informal roundtables, and discussion groups, the series brings together scholars and students working in the fields of modernism, transnational and comparative literary studies, and globalization.

Over the past five years, the MGSS has hosted several major symposia: “Modernism’s Transnational Futures” in Fall 2007, “Modernism and Postcolonialism” in Spring 2009, “Does the British Novel Have a Future? Transnational Methodologies and the New Literary History” in Spring 2010, and “After Interiority? Minds, Mammals, Modernism” in Fall 2011. Visiting faculty and Rutgers colleagues and graduate students gathered on these occasions for short presentations and long, searching conversations about new directions in such fields as modernist studies, world literature, postcolonial studies, translation studies, the history and theory of the novel, comparative cultural studies, South Asian and Caribbean studies, animal studies, and philosophies of mind.

The MGSS has also sponsored two graduate-student conferences, 2010’s conference on “Globalization and Aesthetics” and 2012’s conference on “Modernism and the Folk”, which featured a keynote lecture by Christopher Reed, professor of English and visual culture at Penn State University.

In Fall 2011, the MGSS launched a new collaboration with Columbia University, the New York-New Jersey Modernism Seminar (NYNJMS). The NYNJMS brings together faculty and graduate students in modernist studies from campuses across the region. The inaugural event, a seminar with Rita Felski (University of Virginia), was held at Rutgers in November 2011 and was attended by more than 40 faculty and graduate students from Rutgers, Columbia, NYU, Princeton, Drew, SUNY, CUNY, and Fordham. A spring event, featuring Jesse Matz (Kenyon College), drew the group to Columbia’s campus in New York. The NYNJMS meets twice a year, once at Rutgers and once at Columbia, for intensive two-hour seminars devoted to advanced work-in-progress by leaders in the field.

MGSS events at Rutgers in 2012–2013 include an October 26 NYNJMS colloquium with Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania) and a lecture by James F. English (University of Pennsylvania) on March 28. Later in the year, the MGSS will co-sponsor an NYNJMS colloquium with Simon Gikandi (Princeton University), to be hosted at Columbia.

Coordinator

Rebecca Walkowitz
Department of English, Rutgers
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Rebecca Walkowitz is a Professor of English at Rutgers University and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English. She writes and teaches courses about modernism, twentieth-century British fiction, the contemporary anglophone novel, translation, world literature, and transnational approaches to literary history. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation (2006) and Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature (2015). She is also editor or co-editor of several other books: The Turn to Ethics (2000), Bad Modernisms (2006), Immigrant Fictions (2007), and A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism (2016). She has received presitigious fellowships and awards from the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, the Jacob K. Javits Program, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the Radcliffe Institute, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current research focuses on the concept of the anglophone and the representation of world languages in contemporary writing.

Advisory Board

Since its inception in 2007, the Modernism & Globalization Research Group (MGRG) has explored the effects of globalization on the production, circulation, and study of twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature and culture. It has hosted several conferences at Rutgers University, and in 2011, it launched a new collaboration with Columbia University, the “New York-New Jersey Modernism Seminar.” Since that time, the seminar has met twice a year--once at Rutgers and once at Columbia--for intensive two-hour seminars devoted to advanced work-in-progress by leaders in the field, and it has sparked conversations among faculty and graduate students in modernist studies from campuses across the region, including Columbia, NYU, Princeton, Drew, SUNY, CUNY, and Fordham (among many others).

With public lectures, full-day symposia, informal roundtables, and discussion groups, the MGRG brings together scholars and students working in the fields of modernism, transnational and comparative literary studies, and globalization in order to spark searching conversations about such fields as modernist studies, world literature, postcolonial studies, translation studies, the history and theory of the novel, comparative cultural studies, South Asian and Caribbean studies, animal studies, and philosophies of mind.

 

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