Modernism in Wartime: Avant-Gardes, Revolutions, Poetries

Lecture | February 14 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Vincent Sherry, Howard Nemerov Professor of the Humanities, Washington University in St.Louis

 C. D. Blanton, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English; Catherine Flynn, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English; Donna Jones, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of English

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

Vincent Sherry will speak about the experience of the First World War from the vantage of an international avant-garde, considering the alternate temporalities of the radical time of the prewar avant-garde event and the long and lengthening durée of the conflict. How does an avant-garde poetry respond to this difference, and what is the longer story of revolution it tells?

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. The talk he is offering today comes out of his current book-length project, The European War of 1914-1918: A Literary History, which is under contract to Princeton University Press.