Centre for Modernist Studies

Welcome to the Centre for Modernist Studies


The explosion of literary and artistic activity at the beginning of the twentieth century provoked a fundamental rethinking of cultural and social values the reverberations of which continue to be felt. This new aesthetic of experiment and rupture affected all forms of expression and shaped the ways in which modernity was experienced and understood. Critics and theorists have increasingly understood Modernism as a plural phenomenon, one comprising many avant-garde movements and competing political agendas. New research on Modernism focuses on many previously neglected questions, including the interaction of aesthetic Modernisms with forms of nationalism and internationalism; the exploration of Modernist publishing, patronage and networks of support; and the continuation of Modernism within contemporary literary and artistic culture.

The Centre for Modernist Studies brings together faculty and students to explore key questions relating to the cultural forms of Modernism. Researchers in English, History, American Studies, History of Art, Film and Media, Music, and Philosophy contribute to an ongoing programme of conferences, seminars, readings and performances. In the recent past, amongst other events, we’ve hosted the Sussex Poetry Festival; a performance of “A”-24 by Louis Zukofsky, and one-day colloquia on Frank O’Hara, Elizabeth Bowen, and Mina Loy. We’ve sponsored talks by critics and theorists of Modernism including Rachel Bowlby, Gabriel Josipovici, Jean-Michel Rabaté and Michael Levenson. In 2013 we hosted the annual Modernist Studies Association conference and in 2014, Here by Sea and Sand: a symposium on Quadrophenia.


Wednesday 26  November 

Professor Ian Balfour (York University, Toronto)

Nothing Exceeds Like Excess: Politics and Poetics of the Sublime (And Why It Matters)

5:00-6:30 Fulton 203

Co-sponsored with the 18th and 19th century Research Seminar


Autumn 2014 seminar series

Wednesday 3 December

Yugin Teo (University of Sussex)

Recognition, Testimony, and Nostalgia: The Work of Memory in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Novels  

5:00-6:30 Fulton 101 (note different room) 

Poster for Autumn seminar series

Centre Directors

Dr Pam Thurschwell
E P.Thurschwell@sussex.ac.uk

Dr Sara Crangle
E S.Crangle@sussex.ac.uk

Founding Director

Professor Peter Nicholls
E P.A.Nicholls@sussex.ac.uk


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