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Urmila Seshagiri: Encounters with Modernism

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Urmila Seshagiri: Encounters with Modernism
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April 17, 2018 4:30 pm
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April 17, 2018 6:00 pm
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Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 912 Sproul

Who owns modernism? And what ethos does such ownership imply? This talk identifies modernism’s ethical demands as troubled, distinct sites for understanding the movement’s contemporary legacies. Diverse 21st-century fictions reveal that the legacies of modernism extend beyond style and form, encompassing meta-questions about what it means to value, claim, or disavow the defamiliarizing gestures and philosophies of early 20th-century art. Across two decades of fiction by Ian McEwan and Jhumpa Lahiri–writers with seemingly divergent attitudes toward literary realism and self-conscious narrative experiment–we find form-giving suspicions about the defamiliarizing techniques of modernist arts and culture. It is the act of owning, or of disowning, modernism, I argue, that defines McEwan’s and Lahiri’s narrative logic.

Urmila Seshagiri is Associate Professor of English at the University of Tennessee and specializes in modernism, postcolonial studies, and contemporary narrative fiction. She is the author of Race and the Modernist Imagination (Cornell UP, 2010), and her work has appeared in academic journals such as ASAP/Journal, PMLA, Modernism/ modernity, Contemporary Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, and Cultural Critique. She is writing a book about modernism’s complex cultural legacy in 21st-century fiction. She is also producing the first scholarly textual edition of Virginia Woolf’s memoir, “Sketch of the Past.” [Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and the National Humanities Center.] She is a contributor to The Los Angeles Review of Books and to Public Books.

This event is sponsored by Department of Comparative Literature

For more information please contact: Archana Venkatesan, avenkatesan@ucdavis.edu


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