Gendered Transnationalism in “The New Modernist Studies”



This essay discusses the development of transnational scholarship in modernist studies and asks whether this development can amplify and enliven the sub-field of women’s literature within modernist studies. It argues that transnational scholarship decenters Eurocentrist models of knowledge and history by tracing lateral networks among women writers that bypass the center-periphery models of empire. It examines the recent transnational scholarship by Mary Lou Emery on Jean Rhys and Una Marson and concludes that a transnational ethic of reading demands that we hold contradictory and multiple perspectives in view at once. Such a mode of reading offers an important new lens for recovering women’s literature from both colony and metropole.