Jocelyn Rodal


Jocelyn Rodal received her PhD in English from U.C. Berkeley. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled Modernism's Mathematics: From Form to Formalism. Her project reads literary modernism alongside a contemporaneous modernist movement in mathematics, because literary modernists at once anticipated and responded to that mathematical modernism. Looking at authors such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Virginia Woolf, she argues that modernists were using mathematics to create and elucidate form. Modernism's Mathematics uses modernist mathematical theories of syntax and semantics to renegotiate and theorize literary formalism, arguing that literary formalism has structural and historical roots in mathematics.

Areas of Interest: Transatlantic modernism, form and formalism, mathematics, philosophy, literature and science, and gender studies.