CALL FOR EDITED VOLUME ON JODI PICOULT
A hugely prolific and popular writer, Jodi Picoult boasts nearly 30 novels in print worldwide. She has been translated into 34 languages and, in 2018, she was ranked in the “top ten” of Princeton’s most influential living alumni. Yet her name rarely features in the short lists for prestigious literary awards and she is consistently ignored by academia. Contributions are therefore invited for an exciting new volume on Jodi Picoult’s work, scheduled to be published in 2023 by a well-known scholarly press.
Modernist Permabulations Through Time and Space
Analysing diverse modes of walking across a wide range of texts from the Enlightenment period and beyond, this article explores how the practice of walking was discovered by philosophers, educators and writers as a rich discursive trope that stood for competing notions of the morally good life. The discussion proceeds to then investigate how psychological, philosophical and moral interpretations of bad prac- tices of walking in particular resurface in texts by Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann and the interwar writer Irmgard Keun. It is argued that literary modernism transformed walking from an Enlightenment trope signifying progress into the embodiment of moral and epistemological ambivalence. In this process, walking becomes an expression of the disconcerting experience of modernity. The paper concludes with a discussion of walking as a gendered performance: while the male walkers in the modernist texts under discussion suffer from a bad gait that leads to ruination, the new figure of the flâneuse manages to engage in pleasurable walking by abandoning the Enlightenment legacy of the good gait.