#MeToo and Modernism

Book#MeToo and Modernism

#MeToo and Modernism


December 1st, 2022





#MeToo and Modernism offers a blend of cultural, historical, literary, and pedagogical responses applied to the themes behind today’s ongoing #MeToo Movement. This volume is organized into four sections: a three-part chronological response in which scholars analyze literary understandings of how ripples of the #MeToo Movement began to emerge in Modernist literature, followed by a pedagogical section on how to incorporate such teachings in university classrooms. Editors Robin E. Field and Jerrica Jordan foreword the collection with an introduction answering the question of why such a volume is necessary in today’s educational landscape. The introduction summarizes the current scholarship regarding #MeToo and Modernism, while also uncovering the omissions, particularly in approaching nonbinary or queer writers, as well as writers of color, that still exist; as a response, many of these essays attempt to approach these gaps. Furthermore, the introduction shows how more traditional Modernist writers--including Woolf, Forster, Wells, and Joyce--served as forerunners of early glimmers of the #MeToo Movement in Modernist Literature.


Author Information

Robin E. Field is Professor of English at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She is co-editor of Transforming Diaspora: Communities beyond National Boundaries (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011) and has authored articles and book chapters on Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandra Cisneros, Alice Walker, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, and Ayad Akhtar. Her research interests include gender, trauma, contemporary literature, and postcolonial studies. She is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and teaching at King’s College and the Managing Editor of the journal South Asian Review. Jerrica Jordan is a professor of English at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Southern Illinois University, where she specialized in twentieth-century American literature and culture. Her research interests focus on women writers of color and American modernism, including Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ann Petry. Her work has either been published or is forthcoming in Feminist Modernist Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Pacific Coast Philology, and The Journal of American Culture. She also serves as co-advisor to TCC’s award-winning literary magazine, Roots & Reflections.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Introduction: #MeToo and Modernism (Robin E.
Field and Jerrica Jordan)
Part One: Questioning Modernist Misogyny
“I’d have my life unbe”: Undoing
Experience in Tess of the
Bailey ShawMuses and Misogyny in Decadent Modernism
Angie BlumbergDefiant Martyrs, Repentant Sinners, and
Pioneer Players: Translating and Transforming the Works of Hrotsvit of
Ben Lee TaylorFord’s Creepy Candor
Beci Carver
Part Two: #MeToo, Modernism, and Trauma
5. Locating Women’s Shared
Trauma and Precursors to the Me Too Movement in Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out and Moments of Being
    Ellen Campbell
6. Phonograph as Witness: New Media’s #MeToo Evolution
    Zan Cammack
7. Street Harassment in Wells, Joyce, and Woolf
    Candis E. Bond
8. “full yell of full woman, delight, joy, indignation”: Women
Out-spoken in Joyce’s Ulysses
      Michael Levenson
Part Three: Aftermath: Outrage and Its
9.  Modernist
Memoir and the Social Structures of Sexual Violence
      Emma Heaney
10. What Happened in the Cane? A Re-Reading of Jean Toomer’s “Fern”
      Samantha Wallace
11. Histories of Rape Resistance: Revolution in Ann Petry’s The Street
      Jerrica Jordan
12. Why All Rape is Interracial: Wide
Sargasso Sea and the Possibility of Feminist Solidarity
      Carine Mardorossian 
Part Four:
#MeToo Modernist Pedagogy
13. Rescuing Women from Historical Amnesia: How Three Twenty-First
Century TV Series Address #MeToo and Foreground the Role of Women in the Twentieth-Century
            Daniel R. Schwarz
14. #MeToo vs. Modernism in the Classroom
            Cara Lewis
15. “Equally, if you stop to laugh”: Teaching the Humor of A Room of One’s Own in the #MeToo
      Lauryl Tucker