Modern Literature

A number of our faculty are engaged in research in modern culture, especially in the fields of Modernism and Postmodernism. Michelle Chiang is currently working on a project exploring how Beckett’s work can be ‘intuitively’ appreciated by his audiences and readers through a Virtual Reality adaptation of Beckett’s short story The Lost Ones. Kevin Riordan is a co-founder of the Modernist Studies in Asia research network, which has organized recent conferences in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Riordan recently co-edited a multimedia essay cluster on Modernism/modernity’s Print Plus platform titled “Modernism on the World Stage” and is finishing up a book on modernist circumnavigation. Richard Barlow is currently working on a digital humanities project on Joyce’s Finnegans Wake in collaboration with academics at the University of Antwerp and Columbia University. The project seeks to connect a digital version of Finnegans Wake with the relevant scholarship available on JSTOR.

Faculty publications in this area include Richard Barlow’s The Celtic Unconscious: Joyce and Scottish Culture (Notre Dame, 2017), Beckett’s Intuitive Spectator: Me to Play​ by Michelle Chiang (Palgrave, 2018), and Angela Frattarola’s Modernist Soundscapes: Auditory Technology and the Novel (University Press of Florida, 2018). Our faculty have published articles in key Modernist journals such as Modernism/modernity, James Joyce Quarterly, Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui, Modern Drama, and Affirmations: of the modern.

Related Courses

HL2029American Modernism​Dr Kevin Riordan
HL3013PostmodernismDr Michelle Wang
HL3006Modern Drama​Dr Daniel Jernigan
HL4009Popular Literature and CultureDr C.J Wee Wan-Ling