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Translation and/as Disconnection

Rogers, Gayle and Miller, Joshua (2018) Translation and/as Disconnection. Modernism/Modernity Print Plus, 3 (3).

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Modernist studies, particularly the subfields of global and comparative modernisms, has relied heavily on the practices of rediscovering connections in the past, of unearthing archives that animate multiple circuits, and of interpreting texts as deeply entwined with others in overlooked, surprising ways. Scholars have also pursued synchronic parallels and analogies among cultural projects across national borders. Here, connectivity has been the catalyst that revitalized sizable quadrants of the field. We are scholars who, in our own work, have explored modes of interconnection across a number of sites, texts, and figures. But like many others before us, we also acknowledge the pitfalls of connectivity, and in a moment when the map of global modernisms seems increasingly networked, it seems timely to pause and consider the kinds of work connectivity does and doesn’t do—and about connection’s unintended effects. Furthermore, we want to consider how intertextual and linguistic disconnection formed both the modernisms that feel familiar (national, regional, and global) and those we have yet to recognize or have possibly misconstrued. If we set aside our predisposition to celebrate connection and to mourn disconnection, and instead view them as integral to one another’s functions, the field before us can look refreshingly unfamiliar.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Rogers, Gaylegrogers@pitt.edugrogers0000-0002-7390-3230
Miller, Joshua
Date: 11 September 2018
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Modernism/Modernity Print Plus
Volume: 3
Number: 3
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Refereed: Yes
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2021 16:44
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2021 16:44


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