From the Editors

A journalist friend of mine complained a couple of days ago that “the downside of writing about the Trump era is you spend two hours writing and even worse shit has erupted in the meantime.” I know what he means. In the week since I set out to write this brief note—an invitation to continue, in a new blog forum, the work of Lesley Wheeler’s current posting on “Scholarship and Justice” —the very earth seems to have shifted beneath our feet....Read more

Current Print Issue

Volume Twenty Four / Number One, January 2017 SPECIAL SECTION: JOYCE/WORLD/JOYCE

Esperantic Modernism: Joyce, Universal Language, and Political Gesture
Nico Israel

“Addicted to the...Read more



While Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality (1976) is known primarily for its pathbreaking description of the emergence of sexuality, it offers an equally important account of modernity. In his history of modernity, Foucault describes a shift from the sovereign’s “right to take life or let live” to the state’s biopolitical concern with “the right to make live and to let die.”

Oct 25, 2016



A venue for responses to articles and other content in Modernism/modernity .

Mar 2, 2016

What Are You Reading?


Older books, new again—or encountered for the first time.

Feb 9, 2016


Thick Time: William Kentridge, Peripheral Modernisms, and the Politics of Refusal

In the final room of Thick Time , the William Kentridge show recently on at the Whitechapel Gallery in London , viewers encountered yet another of the installation environments those familiar with the South African artist’s work have come to expect from this fascinating—mercurial,...

Mar 15, 2017

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