Esperantic Modernism: Joyce, ‘Universal Language,’ and Political Gesture

General Programming

Participants in the seminar should read Professor Israel's essay in advance. For a copy, please log in to the NYNJ website, or contact Sarah Cole: [email protected].

Spring 2016 meeting of the NYNJ Modernism Seminar--will feature Nico Israel, Hunter College. Professor Israel will speak on "Esperantic Modernism: Joyce, ‘Universal Language,’ and Political Gesture." Professor Israel's talk concerns the constructed international language Esperanto, James Joyce's novels Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, and the relation between language-as-such and gesture. This research is part of his nascent project revisiting modernist universalisms.

Since its inception in 2007, the Modernism and Globalization Seminar Series has explored the effects of globalization on the production, circulation, and study of twentieth- and twenty-first century literature and culture. With public lectures, full-day symposia, informal roundtables, and discussion groups, the series brings together scholars and students working in the fields of modernism, transnational and comparative literary studies, and globalization.

  • Nico Israel Associate Professor of English CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College