This issue of the Modernist Review is all about the creative power of contradictions. Many critics have discussed the tensions within modernism, what Jeff Wallace helpfully describes as a ‘push and pull, attraction and repulsion’. New Work in Modernist Studies has witnessed a renewed and profound interest in the productivity and play between seemingly opposed paradoxes; the points of departure, the nodes of connection and the manifold relationship between these that can illuminate new ideas and histories. This impulse for a multifaceted, open-ended enquiry runs through the five pieces of this issue.
‘There is no state of visual innocence.’ These words, by the celebrated visual culture critic Abigail Solomon-Godeau, seem a fitting primer for this special issue of the Modernist Review focused on Visual Modernisms. In visual culture – be this photography, illustration, painting, or any other adjacent medium – questions of the immediate and the allusive, of the visible and the subtextual, abound. We might also say such tensions are immanent within the wider modernist tradition, and so it is that the marriage between modernism and visual culture becomes a complex and rewarding one. Within this special issue, the themes of introspection and of looking beyond the frame unify scholarly inquiries that all take to task the so-called optics of modernity. The following articles suggest that within such optics lies the consummate truth that we do not simply read modernism. We see it.
We begin this editorial anew. With the BAMS’ elections finished our team has expanded, welcoming Polly Hember and Cécile Varry into the fold. Similarly, a sense of freshness pervades this issue of the Modernist Review. Though it is unsurprising to claim that the notion of the ‘new’ acts as the connective tissue that binds together modernist studies, the articles contained within this issue look askance at newness, rhythm and temporality as a means of asking what an altered perspective might offer the field.
It is notable that in this issue’s contents there is a pronounced methodological variety: a work of biography, a re-evaulative survey, a single-author study, a practical guide. Yet two themes stand out in this month’s issue of the Modernist Review: retrospection and space, playing out across a long Twentieth Century from a late Victorian fantasy novel to an ongoing podcast in the present day. Continue reading “The Modernist Review Issue #6”
Today the BAMS Elections open. As postgraduate representatives, this is a particularly exciting time for us. We know that in a few short weeks we will be welcoming new team members on board to work with us, challenge us and invigorate our ideas. When we came on board in 2018, Helen Saunders and Stephanie Boland were finishing their tenure and Ruth Clemens was in the position we are today, right in the middle of her role. Together, we continued the hard work of Stephanie and Helen and built on the foundations they laid, relaunching the Modernist Review, undertaking a new BAMS Postgraduate Survey and organising a bevy of training days to help members get to grips with modernist studies today. We are further excited by the positions open on the Executive Steering Committee of BAMS and wish everyone running the best of luck.
Lilly Markaki is a PhD researcher at the Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway. This month, she joins BAMS representatives and Modernist Review editors Gareth Mills and Sean Richardson as a guest editor for an issue examining modernism beyond the literary.
A case-study, two book reviews, a conference summary, and an interview. In line with the publication’s mission-statement, the five articles featured in this special issue of the Modernist Review all capture different facets of our activity within the field of modernist studies. Continue reading “The Modernist Review Issue #5: Modernism Beyond the Literary”
The Modernist Review has taken the decision to publish an open letter regarding alleged sexual harassment and assault within the modernist studies community and, specifically, James Joyce studies. The letter and accompanying statement can be found here, signed by over 100 academics from around the world.
Merry Christmas from the editors of The Modernist Review!
We are delighted, on looking at the reading stats for this ditigal magazine, to see that we have the roots of a dedicated readership with views and clicks coming in from all over the world. The early publication date for this issue reflects the fact that despite this growth, we have no desire to compete for our readers’ attentions with Christmas pudding.
This issue includes two conference reviews, an archival reflection piece, an essay and a short series of poetry, published here for the first time. It also includes the results of the BAMS 2018 Postgraduate survey, the full results of which we offer to you here.
Following our 2017 findings, in October 2018 we launched an in-depth survey to gather feedback from PhD students working across the broad field of modernist studies throughout the UK. This survey has allowed us to develop our understanding of the general postgraduate community, as well as continue planning to better the support we offer as an association. We present the findings here.
We are exceptionally grateful to all those who filled out the survey and are taking the time to reflect on these results. Initially, what we have found cheering about is that – though there are undeniable systemic issues in academia – respondents feel valued by BAMS and are enjoying the events that we are organising as postgraduate representatives.
Outside of this survey, we have been listening to the feedback given to us at BAMS events and on Twitter. Responding to this, in the New Year we have a trio of special issues planned under the auspices of three excellent guest editors: Lilly Markaki will be editing an issue on Modernism Beyond the Literary, Will Carroll will be editing an issue on Modernism and Visual Culture, and Alana Sayers will be editing an issue on Decolonising Modernism. We are excited to be working alongside them. As ever, should you want to write for one of these issues, please email us.
If you would like to get involved with supporting PhDs across the country, the BAMS elections will soon be opening, and we have two Postgraduate Representative positions opening. Follow us on Twitter to keep up with all current news.