Making it new is the oldest trick in the book: on current modernist studies


Helen Saunders, Kings College London and British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS)

Stephanie Boland, Exeter University and BAMS

Jeff Wallace, Cardiff Metropolitan University and BAMS

This panel aims to give a spotlight view of some of the important conversations currently taking place in modernist studies, beginning with modernist publishing. In what ways do current publishing trends shape and/or reflect a changing discipline? Thinking of particular routes and outlets in the field – such as Bloomsbury’s Historicizing Modernism series – we discuss the ethics and practicalities of how to publish modernist scholarship, and in particular the aims, requirements or desires of PGRs and ECRs.

Thinking about publishing modernist studies inevitably leads us to thinking about modernist publishing, and in particular how the discipline might change as a result of copyright restrictions coming to an end. The notorious struggles modernist scholars have encountered with, among others, the James Joyce estate or the Louis Zukofsky archive, will soon be over: how will this affect modernist studies? How will the opportunity to be far more creative with texts – creating online digital versions, multiplatform ebooks, and even apps – affect modernist scholars and students, both post- and under-graduates?

With postgraduates especially in mind, the panel will focus on the possibilities afforded by recent scholarly editing projects, looking at the possibilities of incorporating the material history of modernism within editions of texts themselves and examining teaching resources informed by such new developments. The panel will assess what PGRs have now in terms of textual resources, including the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism and the Open Modernisms project, as well as what they want and need to expand the remit of modernist studies research and teaching for the future.

Wednesday 5th July, 5.00