Modernist Currents: Introduction

Editor: Alexandra Peat
    
This issue of intervalla takes as its topic modernism (broadly conceived as the period of 1890-1950), as it aims to illuminate and reflect on the current state of modernist studies.  The seven diverse essays collected here represent a variety of new approaches to modernism across multiple genres (poetry, fiction, fantasy, journalism) as well as both across and beyond the artistic disciplines. They study topics such as the intersection of art and science and the role of the marketplace, and they engage with our modernist past from a variety of angles, ranging from examinations of material culture, to themes of genetics and aging, to considerations of class, race, and gender, to constructions of literary and book history. The essays consider a broad range of modernist writers, including, but not limited to, Djuana Barnes, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, Winifred Holtby, Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Ezra Pound, Vita Sackville-West, and Virginia Woolf.

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