From Modernism Lab Essays
I am a native of Toronto, Canada and have been teaching at Yale since 1998. I received my B.A. in English Literature from McGill University in 1990 and then studied Comparative Literature at Stanford University. After receiving my Ph.D. in 1997, I studied briefly as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in English at the University of California, Berkeley. My concern in my research and teaching is to show how developments in literary form emerge out of a background of social, political, and existential ferment. For example, rather than understand the modernists as elitists, hermetically sealed off from the broader culture, I explore their engagements with that culture and the distinctively literary solutions that they found for the central problems of their time.
Each of my books explores the development of modern literary forms in a period of political and social instability. My first book, Modernism, Nationalism, and the Novel, received the Heyman Prize for outstanding scholarly work by a junior faculty member in the humanities at Yale. Some of the initial articles on the Modernism Lab Wiki are drawn from my second book, The Cambridge Introduction to Modernism, was recently published, and it. My third book, Religious Experience and the Modernist Novel, was published in January 2010. All three books are published by Cambridge University Press. I am also editing a volume for Cambridge, The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism, and serving as the 20th-century editor for new editions of the Norton Anthology of World Literatureand the Norton Anthology of Western Literature. My teaching interests include the modern novel, the epic tradition from Homer to Joyce, English poetry from Chaucer to Auden, literature and philosophy, and literary theory. You can read more about my research, teaching, and service at [https://webspace.yale.edu/pericleslewis/].
Articles by Pericles Lewis on the Modernism Lab Wiki:
Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History
Paul Cézanne, Apples and Oranges
Marcel Duchamp, "Fountain"
Marcel Duchamp, L.H.O.O.Q.
T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
T.S. Eliot, "Tradition and the Individual Talent"
Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier
Ford Madox Ford "Antwerp"
E.M. Forster, Howards End
E.M. Forster, Maurice
E.M. Forster, A Passage to India
Thomas Hardy, Poems of War and Patriotism
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce, Ulysses
D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover
Stéphane Mallarmé, Un coup de dés
Henri Matisse, The Joy of Life
Marianne Moore, "Poetry"
Ezra Pound, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley
Ezra Pound, "In a Station of the Metro"
Siegfried Sassoon, "Aftermath"
G.B. Shaw, Pygmalion
G.B. Shaw, Heartbreak House
G.B. Shaw, Man and Superman
Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Gertrude Stein, "Tender Buttons"
Wallace Stevens, "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven"
Wallace Stevens, "Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction" Vincent van Gogh, Night Café (Café de Nuit)
Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier
William Carlos Williams, "To Elsie"
Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse