"A Critical Romance: Literary Modernism Rewriting Literary History"
Sikorski, Hannah Joran (creator)
Katz, Tamar (Director)
Reichman, Ravit (Reader)
Burrows, Stuart (Reader)
Brown University. English (sponsor)
In “A Critical Romance: Modernism Rewriting Literary History,” I examine the formative role of the romance in literary modernism’s work to think critically about itself and its own history. Past readings of the relationship between the two forms have emphasized their discreteness; although they may be involved with each other, they are defined by competing desires. If critical engagement with modernism is underwritten by an assumption of innovation, the romance’s orientation is seen in opposite terms. Its interest in returns and retrievals of past and ideal states has, in other words, been misread to signify the form’s primitive, and always precedent, status. Discussions of modernism and the romance have invested in this logic, reading the romance as active only in relationship to early stages of modernism.