[Msa-discuss] 26 June, London IES- SAS Seminar and Roundtable Discussion on Trans-reading and Transnational Modernism

Angeliki Spiropoulou Angeliki.Spiropoulou at london.ac.uk
Sat Jun 17 17:55:36 EDT 2017

Please join us at the next Comparative Modernisms Seminar in London, on  Monday 26th June, for a seminar and roundtable discussion on Trans-reading and Transnational Modernism!

The event is Free but regis

IES - School of Advanced Study, University of London
Senate House, Malet Street, Room 234
Monday 26 June 2017 16:00-18:00
Seminar and Roundtable Discussion

¡°Trans Reading and Comparative Modernism¡±
Jessica Berman (University of Maryland, Baltimore)

The Seminar will be followed by a Roundtable Discussion on:
¡°Transnational Modernist Arts¡±

Participants: Suzanne Bellamy, Jessica Berman and Maggie Humm

Coordinator: Angeliki Spiropoulou


<http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/events/event/8064>SEMINAR ABSTRACT:

Professor Jessica Berman

¡°Trans Reading and Comparative Modernism¡±

In this talk I will argue for the power of using a ¡°trans critical optic¡± to read modernism. A trans critical optic uses the potentially transgressive energy of the prefix ¡°trans¡± to challenge categories of identity, nationality, and gender. In loosening the prefix trans from its ties to specific identity categories, a trans optic emphasizes the important ways that the prefix ¡°trans¡± can work to destabilize and disrupt discourses of nationality and gender and help us recognize the comparative energies of modernist literature. While transgender theory generally focuses on the social roles of the sexual body, it offers a way to ¡°disrupt, denaturalize, rearticulate and make visible¡± (Stryker and Whittle) all normative habits of identity and the power dynamics surrounding them. Like the critique of the sex/gender system instigated by trans theory, I argue, a trans critical optic serves to decenter the ¡°national tradition¡± as an object of inquiry, exploring texts in relation to other, comparative and transnational horizons of expectations. It also pushes us to recognize the importance of attending to assumptions of embodiment and gender identity in our discussions of transnational, world, or planetary modernism.



Jessica Berman is Professor of English and Director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), USA. She is the author of Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Community (Cambridge 2001) and Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics and Transnational Modernism (Columbia 2011), co-editor (with Jane Goldman) of Virginia Woolf Out of Bounds, editor of A Companion to Virginia Woolf (Wiley-Blackwell 2016) and editor of the annotated edition of Iqbalunnisa Hussain¡¯s Purdah and Polygamy (Oxford, forthcoming, 2017). Berman is a co-editor of Futures of Comparative Literature, the American Comparative Literature Association¡¯s decennial Report on the State of the Discipline (Routledge, 2017) and also co-edits, with Paul Saint-Amour, the Modernist Latitudes book series at Columbia University Press. She is currently serving as president of the Modernist Studies Association.

Suzanne Bellamy (University of Sydney) is an artist and writer working on text/image fusions and abstractions, Australian modernism, Stein and Woolf. Recent publications include essays in Allison Pease(ed) The Cambridge Companion to To The Lighthouse(2015), Bryony Randall and Jane Goldman (eds) Virginia Woolf in Context (2012), Derek Ryan and Stella Bolaki (eds) Contradictory Woolf (2012), the ground-breaking Eileen Barrett and Pat Cramer (eds) Virginia Woolf Lesbian Readings, NYU Press 1997, and the forthcoming Sentencing Orlando Amy Bromley and Elsa Hogsberg (eds) with Edinburgh University Press in 2017.

Maggie Humm is an Emeritus Professor University of East London, UK and was Co-organiser of the IES Modernism Seminar 2003-2012. Work on Woolf and modernism includes Feminist Criticism; Feminism and Film; Modernist Women and Visual Cultures: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Photography and Cinema; Snapshots of Bloomsbury: the Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell; and The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts. Radical Space (co-edited) was published in 2016. Currently she is re-writing a novel Who Killed Mrs. Ramsay? ¨C longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Prize 2017 and shortlisted for the Fresher Writing Prize 2017.

Angeliki Spiropoulou (MA; PhD Sussex) is Associate Professor of Modern European Literature and Theory at Peloponnese University, Greece and Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study-ULondon where she convenes the Comparative Modernisms Seminar Series. Author of Virginia Woolf, Modernity and History: Constellations with Walter Benjamin (Palgrave-Macmillan), and co-author of History of European Literature 18th-20thC (Hellenic OU). Editor/ co-editor of the volumes, Walter Benjamin:Images and Myths of Modernity; Culture Agonistes:Debating Culture, Rereading Texts; Contemporary Greek Fiction:International Perspectives, and special issues on gender, history and contemporary literature for: EJES; Theatre Polis; and Synthesis. She has recently contributed to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, the Edinburgh Dictionary of Modernism, and the volumes 1922: History, Culture, Politics (Cambridge UP) and Sentencing Orlando (forthcoming, Edinburgh UP). She is currently working on modernist historiographies and co-editing, with Jean-Michel Rabat¨¦, a volume on Modernism and History.

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