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Modernism and Globalization Research Group

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.

 

2018-2019 Schedule

  • Fall Meeting of the NYNJ Modernism Seminar with Professor Aarthi Vadde (Duke)
    Friday, October 19, 2018, 12:00pm - 02:30pm
    Center for Cultural Analysis, Room 6051
    Academic Building West, 15 Seminary Place
    New Brunswick, NJ, 08901

 

Director

Rebecca Walkowitz
Department of English, Rutgers
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Rebecca L. Walkowitz is Professor and Chair in the English Department and Affiliate Faculty in the Comparative Literature Program at Rutgers University. 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), and the editor or coeditor of eight books.  Her work has been translated into Danish, Hungarian, Polish, and Japanese.  Her current research focuses on the concept of the anglophone and the representation of world languages in contemporary writing.  She served as President of the Modernist Studies Association in 2014-2015.

 

Steering Committee

Rebecca L. Walkowitz (English), director
Paola Gambarota (Italian)
Andrew Goldstone (English)
David Kurnick (English)
Anjali Nerlekar (AMESALL)

 

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