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:

DepositGlobal Shakespeares as Methodology

Having reached a critical mass of participants, performances and the study of Shakespeare in different cultural contexts are changing how we think about globalization. The idea of global Shakespeares has caught on because of site-specific imaginations involving early modern and modern Globe theatres that aspired to perform the globe. Seeing global Shakespeares as a methodology rather than as appendages of colonialism, as political rhetorics, or as centerpieces in a display of exotic cultures situates us in a postnational space that is defined by fluid cultural locations rather than by nation-states. This framework helps us confront archival silences in the record of globalization, understand the spectral quality of citations of Shakespeare and mobile artworks, and reframe the debate about cultural exchange. Global Shakespeares as a field registers the shifting locus of anxiety between cultural particularity and universality. This article explores the promise and perils of political articulations of cultural difference and suggests new approaches to performances in marginalized or polyglot spaces.

GroupGlobal & Transnational Studies

Open to anyone with an interest in historical and contemporary movements of people, ideas, cultures and goods across boundaries. The aim is to encourage interdisciplinary conversations on a wide range of topics of transnational and global significance. These may include but are not necessarily limited to migration, trade, development, empire, consumption, food, sport, languages, literature, […]

DepositMapping Global Middle Ages, Toward a Global Middle Ages

In Order to understand what a “global Middle Ages” might be, we need to define “global” in and in relation to the “Middle Ages.” To do so, I turn to medieval (Christian) maps. Their construction of the world-the most, maybe all, others-was founded on inclusion and exclusion. In seeking to construct a global Middle Ages, the authors in this volume are therefore working not only against scholarly traditions of periodization but also against indigenous medieval ideas, against autochthonous ideologies. “Global Middle Ages” is a term that is gaining increasing currency as part of a welcome and much-overdue effort to acknowledge in teaching and research that the Middle Ages can encompass more geography than present-day Europe, more religions than Latin and Byzantine Christianity, and more humanity then whiteness. But what this term might mean is dependent on the lens we bring to the period, the geography, the people, and the material we study.

DepositGlobal South/Global North Comparatism: The Case of the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean

Global South/Global North Comparatism: The Case of the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean Hala Halim The text below is the abstract of a presentation given by Hala Halim, New York University, on the Presidential Panel at the American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on July 8, 2017. An intervention in the gestating project of South-South comparatism, the presentation made the argument that such comparative work, timely though it is, cannot afford to overlook the South’s multiply overdetermined relations with the North. Granted, Third-Worldism must be recouped for a genealogy that undermines Eurocentrism, whether in the cultural sphere or in terms of international law. Scholarship on the contributions of Small States and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), particularly in the context of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was cited. The presentation went on to press the point that defaulting to an exclusive focus on Third World or Global South interrelations risks losing sight of the structuring effect of global capital, the existence of pockets of the South within the North and vice versa–this articulated in dialogue with essays published in The Global South journal–and adumbrating solidarities between constituencies in the South and in the North. The presentation proposed an expanded understanding of Antonio Gramsci’s Southern Question as a generative framework and went on to demonstrate this by undertaking a comparatist reading of regards croisés on a Mediterranean “southern question.” Halim brought into dialogue two texts on the refugee crisis, a creative non-fiction book written in the South and researched in part in the North, specifically Egyptian migrants in Italy–Ezzat El Kamhawi’s 2011 al-‘Ar min al-Daffatayn (Shame on Both Shores)–and the representations in a film made in the North on Southern migrants to Italy–Gianfranco Rosi’s 2016 documentary Fire at Sea.