Clusters

Modernism on the World Stage

In 1954, Maya Angelou performed in a production of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess that toured through Italy. This United States-sponsored initiative brought African American performance to European stages in an effort to combat Soviet propaganda about American racism. As Melanie Masterton Sherazi shows in her contribution to this cluster, Angelou’s own memoirs of the trip recall not...

Oct 15, 2019

Reading the Modern Magazine in an Interdisciplinary Humanities Lab

This essay cluster begins with an ending. Specifically, it began with the ending of Patrick Collier’s “What Is Modern Periodical Studies?,” which concludes with a provocation to find a new way to read and study modern periodicals. In order to develop coherent methodological approaches to modern periodicals, Collier argues, we need to resist the urge to “decid[e] in advance where [a] periodical...

Jul 3, 2019

Blogs

Modernism, Eco-anxiety, and the Climate Crisis

Fig. 1. Hannah Rothstein, National Parks 2050: Great Smoky Mountains , 2017. Limited edition print. https://www.hrothstein.com/#/national-parks-2050/ . Reproduction of original WPA poster by Ranger Doug’s Enterprises .

Our task is to make trouble, to stir up potent response to devastating events, as well as to settle troubled waters and rebuild quiet places. . . . [S]taying with the...

Nov 21, 2019

Dear Nella: What Did You See?

Dear Nella,

I was terribly disappointed that you didn’t get here last week. And I was furious with myself for mentioning the damned wedding to you because it turned out that I didn’t go. People kept coming in and then deciding not to go on to the wedding, so we were here until eight o’clock. Then we went out to dinner. It was very amusing too because the sandwiches kept getting fewer...

Nov 13, 2019

Discussions

Interventions

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

Nov 22, 2017

Responses

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

Re/discoveries

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

Feb 9, 2016