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Planetarity: Global Epistemologies in Modernist Studies

December 14, 2009 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Portrait image of Susan Friedman with straight hair, long earrings, and a colorful shirt

Monday Seminar:

Susan Stanford Friedman

IRH Director

English, UW-Madison


This paper, written for a keynote address at the Modernist Studies Association (November, 2009), explores the “transnational turn” in modernist studies and the anxiety in the field over the expanded meanings of the categories modernism and modernity. It presents a manifesto in defense of these expansions, examining a range of concepts central to a planetary modernist studies, from engagements with multiple and polycentric modernities, colonialism, and the longue durée, to critical strategies for a globalized modernist studies.


Susan Stanford Friedman is the Director of the Institute and the Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women’s Studies and the Sally Mead Hands Bascom Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She works in the fields of modernist studies, migration and diaspora studies, cultural and feminist theory, narrative theory, and psychoanalysis. She was awarded the Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement in Narrative Studies (2009) and is the author of Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter (winner of the Perkins Prize for Best Book in Narrative Studies), Penelope’s Web: Gender, Modernity, and H.D.’s FictionPsyche Reborn: The Emergence of H.D. She edited Joyce: The Return of the Repressed and Analyzing Freud: Letters of H.D., Bryher, and Their Circle. She co-edits Contemporary Women’s Writing and is at work on a book entitled Planetary Modernism: The Modernities of Empire, Nation, and Diaspora.


December 14, 2009
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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University Club, Room 212
432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States