Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about confinement.
How many steps from my desk to the fridge? (seven) How many from the fridge to the bathroom? (twelve) How many times per day do I track this route?
In October 1954, Samuel Beckett too was thinking of confinement. He was reading a letter from German prisoner Karl-Franz Lembke, who had translated, rehearsed and staged Beckett’s debut play, Waiting for Godot, behind bars. Beckett was clearly moved, as we can see in his response:
Guest post by Robert Spoo Let’s think about scarcity and law—a theme that I explore throughout Modernism and the Law. Laws seek to produce a kind of scarcity in many areas of human behavior and desire. Criminal libel laws, for example, were enforced to decrease the incidence of reputational attacks and, along with them, the… Read More »
Guest post by Celia Marshik and Allison Pease A polarized environment in which women argue that their experiences are different from men’s, that men oppress them, and that women have a right to claim their own experience. A moment of crisis that threatens men’s world of privilege; men fight back with anger, dismissal, and belligerence that… Read More »
Guest post by Faye Hammill and Mark Hussey Writing Modernism’s Print Cultures gave us an oddly divided perspective on modernism because our research soon made clear that what seems to recent scholars to be cutting edge work on periodicals and advertising, markets and commodities, networks and typography was in fact all invented a hundred years… Read More »
Guest post by Mark Morrisson When I was asked by the New Modernisms series editors to consider contributing a volume on modernism, science, and technology, I jumped at the chance. I had long been researching the mutually informing and generative inter-relationships among the sciences and the arts and humanities during the period—indeed, the rich and… Read More »
Guest post by Peter Kalliney When series editors Sean Latham and Gayle Rogers first approached me about doing a book on Global Modernisms, I was eager to accept but I was also a little nervous about the whole idea. Was I up to the task? I did what I usually do when faced with an… Read More »
Guest post by Sean Latham and Gayle Rogers The New Modernisms series began with the question of where to begin. Modernist studies is a field of myriad sites and routes, but very few roadmaps exist for navigating them. It’s not simply a matter of how to get from Point A to Point B; the difficulty… Read More »
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Rachel Trousdale answered a few questions for us about the new edited collection Humor in Modern American Poetry. How would you describe your book in one sentence? A wide-ranging collection of essays on the role of humor in modern American poetry, examining texts from light verse to the Cantos. What drew to you writing about… Read More »
Guest Post by Sean Latham and Gayle Rogers What exactly is modernism? A movement, a style, a field, an attitude, an epoch? That question has troubled everyone from Pope Pius X to midcentury urban planners to contemporary students. Something new, something different transformed the course of Western arts—and some argue, the whole of Western life—in… Read More »