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Modernism and Globalization Research Group

modernism globalism Modernism and Globalization Research Group (MGRG)

Since its inception in 2007, the Modernism & Globalization Research Group (MGRG) has explored the effects of globalization on the production, circulation, and study of twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature and culture. It has hosted several conferences at Rutgers University, and in 2011, it launched a new collaboration with Columbia University, the “New York-New Jersey Modernism Seminar.” Since that time, the seminar has met twice a year--once at Rutgers and once at Columbia--for intensive two-hour seminars devoted to advanced work-in-progress by leaders in the field, and it has sparked conversations among faculty and graduate students in modernist studies from campuses across the region, including Columbia, NYU, Princeton, Drew, SUNY, CUNY, and Fordham (among many others).

With public lectures, full-day symposia, informal roundtables, and discussion groups, the MGRG brings together scholars and students working in the fields of modernism, transnational and comparative literary studies, and globalization in order to spark searching conversations about such fields as modernist studies, world literature, postcolonial studies, translation studies, the history and theory of the novel, comparative cultural studies, South Asian and Caribbean studies, animal studies, and philosophies of mind.


2016-2017 Schedule

  • The Novel of the Present and Art of the Book Review
    A Conversation with Novelist and Critic Tom LeClair
    Wed, Oct 5, 4:30 pm
    CCA Seminar Room, 15 Seminary Place, Sixth Floor
  • NYNJ Modernism Seminar with Paul Saint-Amour, U of Pennsylvania
    Fri, Oct 28, 12-2 pm
    Heyman Center, Columbia University
    Co-sponsored by Dept of English and Comp Lit, Columbia University
  • Workshop on Poetics and Translation with Jennifer Scappettone, U of Chicago
    Thu, Feb 9, 3-5 pm
    Comparative Literature Seminar Room, 15 Seminary Place, Fifth Floor
    Co-sponsored by Comparative Literature
  • NYNJ Modernism Seminar with Jennifer Scappettone
    Fri, Feb 10, 12-2 pm
    Van Dyke 301 (History Dept Seminar Room)



Rebecca Walkowitz
Department of English, Rutgers
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Rebecca Walkowitz is a Professor of English at Rutgers University and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English. She writes and teaches courses about modernism, twentieth-century British fiction, the contemporary anglophone novel, translation, world literature, and transnational approaches to literary history. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation (2006) and Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature (2015). She is also editor or co-editor of several other books: The Turn to Ethics (2000), Bad Modernisms (2006), Immigrant Fictions (2007), and A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism (2016). She has received presitigious fellowships and awards from the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, the Jacob K. Javits Program, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the Radcliffe Institute, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current research focuses on the concept of the anglophone and the representation of world languages in contemporary writing.



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