[Msa-discuss] New Book Announcement --- Annotating Modernism

Amanda Golden amandapgolden at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 14:05:40 EDT 2020

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are doing well at this difficult time. My new book Annotating Modernism 
is now available and information from the website is below. 

All best wishes,


https://www.routledge.com/Annotating-Modernism-Marginalia-and-Pedagogy-from-Virginia-Woolf-to-the/Golden/p/book/9781472410764 <https://www.routledge.com/Annotating-Modernism-Marginalia-and-Pedagogy-from-Virginia-Woolf-to-the/Golden/p/book/9781472410764>

Making extensive use of archival materials by Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, and Anne Sexton, Amanda Golden reframes the relationship between modernism and midcentury poetry. While Golden situates her book among other materialist histories of modernism, she moves beyond the examination of published works to address poets’ annotations in their personal copies of modernist texts. A consideration of the dynamics of literary influence, Annotating Modernism analyzes the teaching strategies of midcentury poets and the ways they read modernists like T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf, and W. B. Yeats. Situated within a larger rethinking of modernism, Golden’s study illustrates the role of midcentury poets in shaping modernist discourse.

"Modernism was made to be annotated. Amanda Golden shows how it was made by being annotated---in the hands of midcentury moderns who encountered and then taught Joyce, Eliot, and the rest, in college. Opening doors on the classrooms, faculty offices, and personal libraries of Plath, Berryman, and Sexton, this attentive, innovative, and surprisingly lively book shows that the marginal is central to the story of modernism in postwar America."

- Langdon Hammer, Niel Gray, Jr. Professor of English, Yale University

"Amanda Golden’s meticulously researched Annotating Modernism broadens not only our understanding of midcentury poetry’s relationship to modernism, but our understanding of literary influence itself. By focusing on the "untapped resources" of midcentury poets’ marginalia on modernist works, and their teaching notes on modernist authors, Golden makes a compelling case that modernism is an ongoing social and literary construction, both contested and promoted by the academy and the midcentury poets—Plath, Hughes, Sexton, and Berryman—who taught within it. This is a timely and necessary study that brings materialist discourse and theories of influence together in original and innovative ways."

- Heather Clark, University of Huddersfield, author of Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath (Knopf, 2020)

Amanda Golden, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
New York Institute of Technology 
www.agoldenphd.com <http://www.agoldenphd.com/>

Author, Annotating Modernism:  <https://www.routledge.com/Annotating-Modernism-Marginalia-and-Pedagogy-from-Virginia-Woolf-to-the/Golden/p/book/9781472410764>Marginalia and Pedagogy from Virginia Woolf to the Confessional Poets <https://www.routledge.com/Annotating-Modernism-Marginalia-and-Pedagogy-from-Virginia-Woolf-to-the/Golden/p/book/9781472410764> (Routledge, May 2020)
Editor, This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton <https://upf.com/book.asp?id=9780813062204> (2016; 2018, paperback)
Co-Editor, The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sylvia Plath (2021)
Book Review Editor, Woolf Studies Annual <http://press.pace.edu/woolf-studies-annual-wsa/>
Co-Organizer, Modernist Studies Association Conference, Brooklyn 2020 <https://msa.press.jhu.edu/conferences/msa2020/>

> On Jun 3, 2020, at 12:56 PM, Meehan, Adam J. <ameehan at palomar.edu> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> I’m very proud to announce that my first book, Modernism and Subjectivity: How Modernist Fiction Invented the Postmodern Subject, is available now from LSU Press:
> https://lsupress.org/books/detail/modernism-and-subjectivity/ <https://lsupress.org/books/detail/modernism-and-subjectivity/>
> I’ve included relevant information from the back of the book below.
> Adam Meehan
> “Adam Meehan’s Modernism and Subjectivity takes up perhaps the key theoretical problem of twentieth-century theory and traces its roots in modernist prose. Developing the increasingly accepted notion that literature thinks (see Nancy Armstrong, and Judith Butler)―that novels do theory―Meehan opens up the conversation so that we may begin at last to consider the intellectual contributions of modernist novels as vital precursors to late-century philosophical extensions of their elemental concerns. It’s an important book that will make a timely contribution to modernist studies.” -- Stephen Ross, editor of Modernism and Theory: A Critical Debate
> “Meehan is right. The link between modernism and postmodernism is not one of historical succession but of ideological anticipation, both resting on the creation of a new mode of subjectivity. This wonderfully lucid account expands Lacanian approaches to literature while demonstrating the resilient impact of modernism on today’s cultural sphere.” -- Jean-Michel Rabaté, editor of A Handbook of Modernism Studies
> In Modernism and Subjectivity: How Modernist Fiction Invented the Postmodern Subject, Adam Meehan argues that theories of subjectivity coming out of psychoanalytic, poststructuralist, and adjacent late­-twentieth-­century intellectual traditions had already been articulated in modernist fiction before 1945. Offering a bold new genealogy for literary modernism, Meehan finds versions of a postmodern subject embodied in works by authors who intently undermine attempts to stabilize conceptions of identity and who draw attention to the role of language in shaping conceptions of the self.
> Focusing on the philosophical registers of literary texts, Meehan traces the development of modernist attitudes toward subjectivity, particularly in relation to issues of ideology, spatiality, and violence. His analysis explores a selection of works published between 1904 and 1941, beginning with Joseph Conrad’s prescient portrait of the subject interpolated by ideology and culminating with Samuel Beckett’s categorical disavowal of the subjective “I.” Additional close readings of novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, Nathanael West, and Virginia Woolf establish that modernist texts conceptualize subjectivity as an ideological and linguistic construction that reverberates across understandings of consciousness, race, place, and identity.
> By reconsidering the movement’s function and scope, Modernism and Subjectivity charts how profoundly modernist literature shaped the intellectual climate of the twentieth century.
> -- 
> Adam Meehan
> Associate Professor
> Department of English & Humanities
> Palomar College
> ameehan at palomar.edu <mailto:ameehan at palomar.edu>
> 760-744-1150 Ex. 2723
> Modernism and Subjectivity now available from LSU Press <https://lsupress.org/books/detail/modernism-and-subjectivity/>
> www.adammeehan.com <http://www.adammeehan.com/>
> He/him/his
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