James Gifford is Associate Professor of English in the School of the Humanities at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver Campus, and Director of the University Core at FDU Vancouver, Wroxton College, and the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad. His research includes transatlantic modernism, prose and poetry, media studies, cultural studies, anarchism, and opera. His most recent books are Personal Modernisms: Anarchist Networks and the Later Avant-Gardes (2014) and a critical edition of Lawrence Durrell’s prose, From The Elephant’s Back (2015).
On or About November 2016, Modernist Studies Changed
On November 9th, 2016, I was teaching my last class on Hemingway’s in our time. I had only one North American student in the room, and everyone was silent. It was silence of a kind that my neighbourhood, even deep in the night, never finds.