Laura Doyle lecture: "Reading Otherwise: Interdisciplinarity, History, and the Dialectics of Culture"

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
304 EPB
University of Iowa

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Working Group on Circulating Cultures will host Professor Laura Doyle (Department of English, U Mass, Amherst) for a visit October 25-26. She'll give a public lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 pm in EPB.

Doyle’s first book, Bordering on the Body:  The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture (Oxford 1994) won the Perkins Prize from the Society for the Study of Narrative for its study of the racial discourses countered and reconfigured in experimental fiction by Joyce, Toomer, Woolf, Ellison, and Morrison.  The collection titledGeomodernisms:  Race, Modernism, Modernity (Indiana 2005), co-edited with Laura Winkiel, has become a landmark for the new direction taken by modernist studies towards a transnational and spatially oriented perspective, while her most recent book, Freedom’s Empire:  Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640 – 1940 (Duke 2008), comprehensively charts the long history of what she terms the “freedom plot” of Anglophone literature, formed in the crossings of the Atlantic from the 17th century through the early decades of the twentieth.

She has received numerous fellowships, including the ACLS and the Leverhulme in support her current project Untold Returns:  The Global Dialectics of Literary History.  This transnational and deeply historical project “widens the framework for studying modernist and postcolonial narrative in English by attending to the cultural accretions of many centuries of interaction among Asian, Islamic, African, and Anglo-European empires.”