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#MeToo and Modernism

Edited by Robin E. Field and Jerrica Jordan

#MeToo and Modernism offers a blend of cultural, historical, literary, and pedagogical responses applied to the themes behind today’s ongoing #MeToo Movement. This volume is organized into four sections: a three-part chronological response in which scholars analyze literary understandings of how ripples of the #MeToo Movement began to emerge in modernist literature, followed by a pedagogical section on how to incorporate such teachings in university classrooms. Editors Robin E. Field and Jerrica Jordan foreword the collection with an introduction answering the question of why such a volume is necessary in today’s educational landscape. The introduction summarizes the current scholarship regarding #MeToo and modernism while also uncovering the omissions, particularly in approaching nonbinary or queer writers, as well as writers of color, that still exist. The book’s chapters fill many of these gaps. Furthermore, the introduction shows how more traditional modernist writers—including Woolf, Forster, Wells, and Joyce—served as forerunners of early glimmers of the #MeToo movement in modernist literature.

About the Editors

Robin E. Field is Professor of English at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She is author of Writing the Survivor: The Rape Novel in Late Twentieth-Century American Fiction (Clemson, 2020) and co-editor of Transforming Diaspora: Communities beyond National Boundaries (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011). She has published articles and book chapters on Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandra Cisneros, Alice Walker, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, and Ayad Akhtar. Her research interests include gender, trauma, contemporary literature, and postcolonial studies. She is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and teaching at King’s College and the Managing Editor of the journal South Asian Review. Jerrica Jordan is a professor of English at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Southern Illinois University, where she specialized in twentieth-century American literature and culture. Her research interests focus on women writers of color and American modernism, including Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ann Petry. Her work has either been published or is forthcoming in Feminist Modernist Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Pacific Coast Philology, and The Journal of American Culture. She also serves as co-advisor to TCC’s award-winning literary magazine, Roots & Reflections.

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Pages: 256 pages

Published: February 2023


ISBN: 978-1-638-04036-1