Modernist Moments: Essays

Our new essay series Modernist Moments celebrates the moments that made modernism – meetings, epiphanies, compositions, censorships, concerts, disasters, days, exhibitions, and publications familiar and unfamiliar – finding new meanings and contexts in moments giving rise to all kinds of cultural events.

Below are the essays published to date. Click here to view the ongoing Call for Submissions.

Hostile Environments, Parties, and Observation in Woolf’s “The Years”

Scarlet Clark, Southampton University In the latest essay in the #ModernistMoments series, Scarlet Clark examines the role of auto-ethnography in countering hostile nationalist politics and encouraging collective self-scrutiny. Clark discusses Virginia Woolf’s employment of Mass Observationist theories in The Years (1937) as a literary example of such an invocation. Virginia Woolf’s The Years (1937) spans…

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Philip Johnson: Architecture’s “International Style” and Fascist Nationalism

Bill Freind, Rowan University The designs of modernist architect Philip Johnson are prominent landmarks in many city skylines. However, Johnson was a Nazi sympathiser, and the development of his architectural style is inseparable from his fascist politics. In the latest of the #ModernistMoments series, Bill Freind examines this political-aesthetic instability in Johnson’s career. On February…

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PART 1: “Taking pleasure in the mere handling of the stops”: Yeats meets Joyce in poetry and prose

Adrian Paterson, NUI Galway In the first of MSI’s Modernist Moments Essay series, Adrian Paterson unpicks the artistic consequences of James Joyce’s famous first meeting with W.B. Yeats. The first part of this 2-part essay marks Yeats’s birthday. (Read Part Two here). James Joyce’s first meeting with William Butler Yeats on the streets of Dublin…

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