Jessica Berman: Sounding Global

Humanities Forum – Lipitz Lecture

Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Sounding Global: Radio and Transnational Modernism
Jessica Berman, Professor of English and Director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities, UMBC

In this talk, Jessica Berman explores the connections between radio and literary modernism in the Global South during the mid-twentieth century. Radio and modernism grew up together but the two are rarely connected. Berman will show why it is crucial to move beyond the U.K. and the U.S. to explore the powerful intersections of radio and modernism. Turning to the Global South helps us see how radio’s many languages, voices, kinds of music, and even noise influence innovations in sound, rhythm, performance of gender, and construction of communal voice in modernism.

A reception will follow the program.

Jessica Berman is Professor of English; Affiliate Professor of Gender, Women’s + Sexuality Studies and Language, Literacy, and Culture; and directs the Dresher Center for the Humanities at UMBC. Her teaching and research interests include comparative literature, modernism from a transnational perspective, literature and culture, and feminist and literary theory. She is the author of Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics and Transnational Modernism (Columbia University Press, 2011) and Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Community (Cambridge University Press, 2001); the editor of A Companion to Virginia Woolf (Wiley, 2016) and the reprint edition of Purdah and Polygamy by Iqbalunnisa Hussain (Oxford University Press, 2017), among other publications. She is a past president of the Modernist Studies Association and co-edits the Modernist Latitudes book series at Columbia University Press. Berman is currently at work on a book investigating global radio in relation to transnational modernism.

Admission to the program and reception are free and open to the public.


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UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is the Walker Garage, adjacent to the Library.

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Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities; the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery; the Geography and Environmental Systems Department; the Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy Department; and the Political Science Department.

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