DepositCFP: Global Modernisms and the Graphic

Douglas Mao and Rebecca Walkowitz’s field-defining article, “The New Modernist Studies,” turns ten in 2018. Despite the fact that the article takes up new media as a key topic-and although it was published just after ground-breaking work in the “visual turn” of literary studies by Mary Lou Emery (Modernism, the Visual, and Caribbean Literature, 2007), W. J. T. Mitchell (Picture Theory, 2005), Michael North (Camera Works, 2005), Mark Wollaeger (Modernism, Media and Propaganda, 2006)-theories and discussions of global modernism since have focused considerably more energy on modernism’s geographic and temporal dimensions than its relation to the graphic. Yet film, pictures, images, and other graphic modes frequently appear in the criticism of global modernism as well as at the scenes of literary modernist production. Our panel invites papers that explore how the graphic might refine or critique global modernist studies. We are especially interested in papers that address this issue with regard to topics such as empire, gender, race, global capitalism, and/or the anthropocene. Send a 300-word abstract and one-paragraph bio to Patrick Herald ( and George Micajah Phillips ( by March 30, 2018.

Deposit010.305 Global Modern: Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas

Artists around the world grappled with the modern, working through local concerns and struggles but continually engaged with counterparts in Europe, North America, and across the “global South.” This course will introduce art, artists, movements, and institutions of modernism from approximately 1880 to the present and from outside of the northern Atlantic while critically examining the very notion of “global modernism.”

MemberMary Knighton

My research can be broadly divided into two areas: (1) 19th-20th century American and English literature, and (2) Modern and contemporary Japanese language, literature, and culture. Studies in global modernism and transnational exchanges bring these two fields together. Related research interests include feminist, postcolonial, and critical theory; the multi-ethnic literatures of the US, particularly African-American literature; the American South; Gothic literature; visual texts, arts, and culture.

DepositThey Cannot Afford to Access This Myth

A response to papers presented as part of “Cy-Curious: Machines in religious imagination”: “Academic Assemblages in a Cyborgean Garden,” Lise Miltner (Brown University); “Bioethics, Human Nature, and the Enhancement Debate,” Joseph Fisher (Columbia University); and “Technoscience in Tolkien: How Fictional Worldviews Facilitate Reflection on the Big Questions of Globalized Modernity,” Nathan Fredrickson (University of California, Santa Barbara).

DepositModernism in a Global Context (introduction)

Exploring the transnational dimension of literary modernism and its increasing centrality to our understanding of 20th-century literary culture, Modernism in a Global Context surveys the key issues and debates central to the ‘global turn’ in contemporary Modernist Studies. Topics covered include: – Transnational literary exchange – Imperialism and Modernism – Cosmopolitanism and postcolonial literatures – Global literary institutions – from the Little Magazine to the Nobel Prize – Mass media – photography, cinema, and radio broadcasting in the modernist age See more at:

MemberKristi M. Peterson

*Copies of all materials available upon request Dissertation:  “Consumption and Construction:  Devotional Images and the Place of Empire in Postclassic Mexico, 1325-1521” (2017) Research interests include:  The sacred image and devotional objects in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, the visual cultures of the Americas, Colonial and European representations of New World sacra and ritual, global modernisms, theories of representation, and the construction of narratives of place and cultural identity through the art object. Phone:  (518)580-5057 Address:  Skidmore College Filene Building 815 North Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

MemberMaría del Pilar Blanco

I am an Associate Professor in Spanish American Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Spanish at Trinity College in that institution. I am the author of one monograph, Ghost-Watching American Modernity: Haunting, Landscape, and the Hemispheric Imagination (Fordham, 2012), and co-editor, with Esther Peeren, of Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (Continuum, 2010) and The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Critical Theory (Bloomsbury, 2013). I am completing a second monograph project, Modernist Laboratories: Science and the Poetics of Progress in the Spanish American Fin de Siècle. With Joanna Page, I have edited a collection of essays entitled Latin America at the Vanguard: Science and its Imaginaries. I am also collaborating on a different editorial project, with Andrew Thacker and Eric Bulson:  The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Global Modernist Magazines, vol. 1: South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  My main and current research interests are the intersections of literature and science across different traditions; popularisation of fin-de-siècle science in Latin America in periodicals and its intersections with modernismo; global modernisms; transatlantic literary relations; little magazines (1880s-mid-20th century); decadence and its global perception; life-writing