Research & Interest Groups

Modernism & Globalization

Modernism & Globalization Research Group


Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Professor of English

Modernism & Globalization Research Group

Since its inception in 2007, the Modernism & Globalization Research Group (MGRG) has explored the effects of globalization on the production, circulation, and study of twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature and culture. It has hosted several conferences at Rutgers University, and in 2011, it launched a new collaboration with Columbia University, the “New York-New Jersey Modernism Seminar.” Since that time, the seminar has met twice a year--once at Rutgers and once at Columbia--for intensive two-hour seminars devoted to advanced work-in-progress by leaders in the field, and it has sparked conversations among faculty and graduate students in modernist studies from campuses across the region, including Columbia, NYU, Princeton, Drew, SUNY, CUNY, and Fordham (among many others).

With public lectures, full-day symposia, informal roundtables, and discussion groups, the MGRG brings together scholars and students working in the fields of modernism, transnational and comparative literary studies, and globalization in order to spark searching conversations about such fields as modernist studies, world literature, postcolonial studies, translation studies, the history and theory of the novel, comparative cultural studies, South Asian and Caribbean studies, animal studies, and philosophies of mind.

2016-2017 Schedule (to date)

The Novel of the Present and Art of the Book Review
A Conversation with Novelist and Critic Tom LeClair
Wed, Oct 5, 4:30 pm
CCA Seminar Room, 15 Seminary Place, Fifth Floor

NYNJ Modernism Seminar with Paul Saint-Amour, U of Pennsylvania
Fri, Oct 28, 12-2 pm
Heyman Center, Columbia University
Co-sponsored by Dept of English and Comp Lit, Columbia University

Workshop on Poetics and Translation with Jennifer Scappettone, U of Chicago
Thu, Feb 9, 3-5 pm
CCA Seminar Room, 15 Seminary Place, Fifth Floor
Co-sponsored by Comparative Literature

NYNJ Modernism Seminar with Jennifer Scappettone
Fri, Feb 10, 12-2 pm
Van Dyke 301 (History Dept Seminar Room)