Episode 6

Episode 6: Modernism and Race

Panel: Phoenix Alexander, Ryan Weberling, Madison Priest

DESSERTS (13).png

Phoenix is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the departments of English, African American Studies and WGSS. Before coming to Yale, he trained as a fashion and textile designer at Central Saint Martins, and completed a BA and MA in literature at Queen Mary, University of London. His article ‘Spectacles of Dystopia: Lauren Beukes and the Geopolitics of Digital Space’ was published in Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, and his non-fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. His dissertation is titled Voices with Vision: Writing Black Feminist Futures in Twentieth Century African America.

Ryan is a doctoral candidate in the English department at Boston University, where he is also completing a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His dissertation, ‘One World, One Life’: Modernist Fiction and the Politics of Federation, considers how writers such as Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and Salman Rushdie responded to the emergence of liberal federalism as a mode of governance and structure of feeling.

Madison is a doctoral candidate in English at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She specializes in U.S. women’s modernism and is currently working on her dissertation, Women We Don’t Want to Be: The Female-Authored Antiheroine in American Modernism.