Keynote Speakers

Rachel Blau DuPlessis is professor emerita at Temple University and a pioneer of feminist studies in modernist literature. She is the author of the critical trilogy Purple Passages: Pound, Eliot, Zukofsky, Olson, Creeley and the Ends of Patriarchal Poetry (2012), Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work (2006), The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice (2006, 1990), as well as Genders, Races, and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934 (2001), H.D.: The Career of that Struggle (1986), and Writing Beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth-Century Women Writers (1985). She is also the editor of The Selected Letters of George Oppen (1990). She has co-edited three anthologies: The Feminist Memoir Project (2007, 1998), The Objectivist Nexus: Essays in Cultural Poetics (1999), and Signets: Reading H.D. (1990). Known as a poet-critic, she has just completed her 26-year long poem, Drafts, with the publication of Surge: Drafts 96-114 (2013). Interstices, a book of shorter poems, was published by Subpress in 2014.

Meta DuEwa Jones is an Associate Professor at Howard University, and author of The Muse is Music: Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to the Spoken Word (University of Illinois Press, 2011), which received honorable mention for the MLA William Sanders Scarborough Prize.  Her current research, “Mapping The Image in Black Diaspora Poetics” examines contemporary Black writers’ visually expressive aesthetics and Black visual artists’ literary engagements as forms of diasporic modernism and postmodernism.
Keynote Panel – Modernism and Cinema: A Critical Conversation
Keynote Panel Speakers

David Trotter is King Edward VII Professor of English at the University of Cambridge. His work has established him as a leading thinker on the intersections between literature and cinema, with a particular emphasis on the nature, scope, and value of representation in different media. His publications on this topic include Cinema and Modernism (2007), The Uses of Phobia: Essays on Literature and Film (2010), and Literature in the First Media Age: Britain between the Wars (2013). He was a co-founder of the Cambridge Screen Media Group, and of the English Faculty’s Literature/Technology/Media research group. He has regularly edited issues of Critical Quarterly on aspects of Modernism, the most recent being “Modernism Reloaded” (July 2013).

Laura Marcus is Goldsmiths’ Professor of English and Fellow of New College, University of Oxford, and the author of groundbreaking work on feminist approaches in film studies. From her early work on autobiography (Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice [1994]), and her studies of Woolf and Freud to her MLA prize-winning book The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (2007), she has forged new paths of inquiry in modernist and media studies. She is co-editor of the journal Women: A Cultural Review and The Cambridge History of Twentieth-century English Literature (2004). Her essay collection Dreams of Modernity: Psychoanalysis, Literature, Cinema will be published by Cambridge in 2014.  She is currently investigating the concept of “rhythm” in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century contexts.

Colin MacCabe is Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and is a Visiting Professor of English at University College, London. He is currently a visiting Fellow at All Souls College Oxford. His works range from his influential James Joyce and the Revolution of the Word (1978) to recent projects such as Film and the End of Empire (2011), with a host of publications on semiotics, psychoanalysis, cinematic form, cultural politics, and English society in between. Along with authoring numerous studies of Godard and of international cinema, he is the producer of films involving artists including Derek Jarman, Isaac Julien, Chris Marker, and Tilda Swinton. He has held leadership positions at the British Film Institute and is currently the editor of the journal Critical Quarterly.