- Editor’s Introduction
This issue of jml contains three groups of essays on topics that are at once discreet and overlapping. The three clusters are as follows: 1) Joseph Conrad Re-seen and Re-appropriated; 2) Unconventional Uses of Modernist Aesthetics and Sociability; and 3) Outliers of the Harlem Renaissance.
These essays and reviews share an interest in unorthodox perspectives and appropriations within seemingly established artistic domains.
The Conrad cluster contains Rachel Hollander’s reading of Under Western Eyes, using Levinsian ethics to open the novel to a new kind of modernist reading; Charley Wesley’s exploration of the anxiety regarding native resistance in Heart of Darkness as a neglected facet of the novel; Taylor A. Eggan’s discussion of the rewriting of Under Western Eyes by Ngũgũ wa Thiong’o; and Jessica Martell and Zackary Vernon’s evaluation of Lord Jim’s influence on F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In the cluster dealing with modernism more generally, two of the essays are concerned with modernist socializing in functional terms—Naomi Milthorpe critiques the modernist party as more work than play, and Kate McLoughlin adopts it as mode of pedagogy in her classroom. The remaining essay by Sheila Liming explores jazz’s relationship to the flapper as a female figure subject to replacement. The two book reviews in this section involve emotional states as modernist forms: one deals with boredom, the other, with laughter.
The final cluster treats Harlem Renaissance writers or characters who transgress taboos and conventions within the movement. Jenny Hyest re-conceives of the Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer as a modernist innovator. Sami Schalk reads Clare, the generally condemned character in Nella Larsen’s “Passing,” as a trans-figure who exists between and defies categories. Matthew N. Hannah understands Wallace Thurman, editor of the short-lived magazine Fire!!, as a supporter of a queer modernism at odds with the more conventional racial-uplift ideology of the period. The final book review in this issue deals with Langston Hughes’s testimony before Joseph McCarthy’s subcommittee as the expression of an “ethics of compromise.” [End Page v]
CALL FOR PAPERS: REVISITING MODERNIST CLASSICS OF LITERATURE AND CRITICISM
JML seeks articles analyzing the recognized masterpieces of modernism, literary or critical, focusing on such questions as: What does it mean to “revisit” in this context? Is this a simple rereading? Or, is it an entirely new experience; or in modifying earlier experiences of these texts, what continuities are there? Is any rereading now necessarily something else entirely? What makes a particular literary or critical text a “classic” or “modernist” masterpiece? How has the passage of time, in the cases of text and reader, made a difference? What intellectual, professional, social or personal changes have made this process of “revisiting” literary and critical works, perhaps, at once seductive and fraught? Other questions along these and other lines can easily be imagined, and a specific critical reading and a modernist classic may be paired together.
Papers should conform to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition, and should be accompanied by a 100–150 word abstract and 3–5 keywords. Submissions must not exceed 9,000 words for the entire submission package. JML does not consider hard copy submissions, previously published pieces, or manuscripts that are under review elsewhere.
Submit electronic copies of anonymous manuscripts (in Word or RTF format) via e-mail to: email@example.com. Submissions must be received by January 15, 2016 to be considered for this special cluster. [End Page vi]