Modernism and Race

Panel: Phoenix Alexander, Ryan Weberling, Madison Priest, Paul J Edwards

Phoenix Alexander | Yale

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 Weberling | Boston University

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 Priest | City University New York

Madison is a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center specializing in 20th century U.S. women’s writing. She is currently at work on her dissertation, “Women We Don’t Want to Be: The Female-Authored Antiheroine in American Modernism.” The project situates this character within an American literary tradition of comingled “brows” and seeks through her to map the landscape of women’s choices during what a Harper’s Weekly Columnist called “feminism’s awkward age.”

Paul J Edwards | Harvard University

Paul is a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University. He holds a PhD in American Studies from Boston University. His research has been supported by a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship (2012-2015) Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) research fellowship (2015-2016) and Dissertation Fellowship at the Boston University Center for the Humanities (Spring 2017). He graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts degree with honors in Music with a focus on ethnomusicology and American music history. His work in race and gender consider the ways discourses precede human interaction and often becomes obstacles for human contact. His methodology and analysis synthesize Michel Foucault, Carl Jung, Judith Butler, and Eve Sedgwick to focus on the epistemology and ontology of gender and race. At the heart of this methodology is a concern with how race functions in different contexts especially in the late 19th- and early 20th-century.

At the time of interview, Paul was a PhD student at Boston University.

Featured NTU Researcher: Martin Parsons | @martang66