A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism

Edited by Eric Hayot and Rebecca L. Walkowitz

Columbia University Press

A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism

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A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism

Edited by Eric Hayot and Rebecca L. Walkowitz

Columbia University Press

Bringing together leading critics and literary scholars, A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism argues for new ways of understanding the nature and development of twentieth-century literature and culture. Scholars have largely understood modernism as an American and European phenomenon. Those parameters have expanded in recent decades, but the incorporation of multiple origins and influences has often been tied to older conceptual frameworks that make it difficult to think of modernism globally. Providing alternative approaches, A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism introduces pathways through global archives and new frameworks that offer a richer, more representative set of concepts for the analysis of literary and cultural works.

In separate essays each inspired by a critical term, this collection explores what happens to the foundational concepts of modernism and the methods we bring to modernist studies when we approach the field as a global phenomenon. Their work transforms the intellectual paradigms we have long associated with modernism, such as tradition, antiquity, style, and translation. New paradigms, such as context, slum, copy, pantomime, and puppets emerge as the archive extends beyond its European center. In bringing together and reexamining the familiar as well as the emergent, the contributors to this volume offer an invaluable and original approach to studying the intersection of world literature and modernist studies.
A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism is an exciting roadmap for 21st-century ways of reading the aesthetics of a world always already globalized. Its creative mixture of old and new modernist vocabularies—e.g., form; slum; alienation; puppets; war; libraries--suggests innovative ways of reading the global in the local, the cross-cuts of multidirectional mobilities, the perpetually indigenizing processes of all modernisms. Resisting diffusionist, regional, or additive approaches, the book shifts the paradigm for reading globally. A must read in the field! Susan Stanford Friedman, author of Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time
This brilliant collection of essays responds to perhaps the most urgent need in the scholarship on modernism—a guide and a set of terms that take us beyond the high modernist norm and induct readers into a world in which modern art and literature operated in a truly global public sphere. Written with clarity and intelligence, the book makes modernism appear new, again. Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor of English, Princeton University
The global turn in modernist studies constitutes not so much an expansion as an explosion. With received coordinates – geographic, temporal, national – obsolete, the field is unmappable. But if everything is modernism, nothing is. Enter A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism to articulate nodal points in a global network of modernism, making possible acts of provisional yet critical definition that serve not as gatekeepers but portals to a newer modernist studies. Mark A. Wollaeger, Vanderbilt University
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction, by Eric Hayot and Rebecca L. Walkowitz
2. Alienation, by Christopher Reed
3. Animal, by Efthymia Rentzou
4. Antiquity, by David Damrosch
5. Classic, by Tsitsi Jaji
6. Context, by Christopher Bush
7. Copy, by Jacob Edmond
8. Form, by Jahan Ramazani
9. Libraries, by B. Venkat Mani
10. Obsolescence, by Mark Goble
11. Pantomime, by Monica L. Miller
12. Puppets, by Martin Puchner
13. Slum, by David Pike
14. Style, by Judith Brown
15. Tradition, by Rachel Adams
16. Translation, by Gayle Rogers
17. War, by Mariano Siskind
Appendix: More Vocabulary
Contributors
Index

About the Author

Eric Hayot is professor of comparative literature and Asian studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of The Elements of Academic Style (Columbia, 2014), On Literary Worlds (2012), and The Hypothetical Mandarin (2009).

Rebecca L. Walkowitz is professor of English and affiliate faculty in the comparative literature program at Rutgers University. Her books are Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature (2015) and Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation (2006), both published by Columbia University Press.