What’s New about New Modernisms?

The discourse of modernism has conventionally been dominated by a limiting attention to aesthetics, form, experimentation, and canon, often treated as standalone objects that capture the essence of modernist art — but what if we focus instead on social politics as a driving force behind the modernist movement?  What new perspective might be gained if we unite the typically separated categories of aesthetics and politics?  In their forthcoming book, Race and New Modernisms, REL Prof. Merinda Simmons and English Prof. Andy Crank confront these questions by offering a unique reevaluation of modernism, one that considers the racial ideology, colonial history, and regional complexity at work behind modernist form and aesthetic. Continue reading

ar·ti·facts with Prof. Simmons

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The latest video in our second season of ar·ti·facts has been uploaded. This episode features Dr. Simmons and her Jane Austen action figure, a memento of days gone by.

ar·ti·facts: A Memento of Departments Past with Prof. Merinda Simmons from UA Religious Studies.