Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Department

English

Language

English

Publication Title

Universitas

Abstract

Over the course of his too-short career, Sam See's scholarship focused on queerness, race, and form in American and British Modernism. See's work examines texts by a range of authors including canonical figures such as Henry James, Langston Hughes, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway, and more marginalized writers such as Djuna Barnes, and Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler. In his essay on Ford and Tyler's 1933 novel The Young and the Evil, he argues for an analysis of the text's "generically dual ambitions...[which,] I propose, enable contemporary literary historians to make modernism new" (1078). Understanding 'duality' is at the heart of See's scholarship -- across his work he tackles the confluence of seemingly opposing generic forms -- drama and the novel, tragedy and comedy, literature and visual culture -- as well as complicates current formulations of performance, camp, race, drag, nature, and myth.

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