Reading “The Waste Land” with the #MeToo Generation

Fig. 1. Women’s March, New York City, 2018. Photograph by Alec Perkins. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

I did it again.

In Tuesday’s class, my undergraduate literature students were wrapping up a great discussion of Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961). We’d had a rigorous look at Brexit and Scotland, on the changing status of girls’ education...

Mar 4, 2019

What Is the Scale of the Literary Object?

We’re not arguing for a turn to scale in modernist studies. It’s too late for that. The turn to scale began geographically at least 15 years ago, with the new theories of world literature and with the call, within modernist studies, to recognize larger ambits for the sourcing, making, developing, and adapting of modernist art. What has been called “the transnational turn” and, later, “global...

Feb 1, 2019


Looking Backward on a Strike

When the cold January turned to an even colder February, I would have loved nothing more than to begin teaching Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward as part of my class on twentieth-century utopian literature. But instead of going to class, I put on my wool socks, three layers of clothes, a winter coat, and snow boots to spend hours standing in the frigid Midwestern climes outside the...

Mar 10, 2019

On Not Knowing How to Dance

It’s rare to read an account of the process of learning about a new artform or medium from the beginning. Maybe because, at least for me, it’s hard to remember the first time I read a poem or a novel or saw a painting or heard a piece of music. Or maybe because that experience merges uncomfortably with a non-critical stance of “appreciation,” a word that doesn’t deserve some of the pejorative...

Feb 28, 2019



A venue for brief articles that intervene in debates in modernist studies.

Nov 22, 2017


A venue for responding to positions voiced in M/m and beyond.

Mar 2, 2016

What Are You Reading?

Modernist Baedekers

A forum for reviewing handbooks, companions, pedagogical volumes, introductions, etc.

Aug 14, 2018


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

Feb 9, 2016