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Jocelyn Rodal

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Jocelyn Rodal received her Ph.D. in English from U.C. Berkeley in 2016, where she earned the Benjamin and Barbara Kurtz Dissertation Prize and served as the Jeffrey Berg Fellow at the Townsend Center for the Humanities. After her appointment as a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers University's Center for Cultural Analysis, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Penn State’s Center for Humanities and Information. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University, where she is at work on a book manuscript titled Modernism’s Mathematics: From Form to Formalism. The book examines the shared intellectual history of literary and mathematical modernism: a common attempt to rethink foundational axioms, a common ambivalence toward growing abstraction, and a common interest in and anxiety about form. Examining authors such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Virginia Woolf, the book traces how modernist math stood at the origin of modernist form—form that, in turn, engendered formalism in literary studies.