Modernisms, New and Old

Seminar | February 15 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Vincent Sherry, Washington University in St. Louis

 Department of English, Institute of European Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Vincent Sherry will moderate a conversation on "modernism," centering on the history of the term and asking us to talk about our sense of the relation between the practice of historical modernism and the activity of modernist studies. The reading for participants comes as excerpts from his recently edited Cambridge History of Modernism: his own "Introduction: A History of 'Modernism’” and Steven Connor’s "Epilogue: Modernism after Postmodernism." Please contact Professor Catherine Flynn ( for electronic copies of these documents.

Vincent Sherry is the Howard Nemerov Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English at Washington University in St Louis. He teaches and writes about the literatures of modernism, the Great War, and, most recently, decadence. His books include The Uncommon Tongue: The Poetry and Criticism of Geoffrey Hill (1987), Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, and Radical Modernism (1993), Joyce’s ULYSSES (1995), and The Great War and the Language of Modernism (2003). His Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence was published in 2015. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War (2005) and of the recently published Cambridge History of Modernism.

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