Monday, 16 March 2015, 1:00PM
Museum of London

Cultural Misfits: Gender in Early Twentieth-century Literature

Professor Georgia Johnston

Early 20th-century literature and social sciences contested with one another over gender formations. While social sciences created taxonomies of normalised and medicalised difference, modernist literature simultaneously validated the autonomous particular that defies categorization.

Characters as gender misfits countered an imposed social science model, instead emphasising individuality. Close readings from the poetry of T.S. Eliot, Wilfred Owen, W.D. Yeats and Stevie Smith document this literary struggle with the contemporaneous social sciences.

Part of the 'American Perspectives' Fulbright Series.

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Professor Johnston is a lecturer in the English Department at Saint Louis University. She is also Fulbright scholar at Birkbeck, University of London. She is a specialist in early 20th century literature and modernist autobiography, with a particular interest in the writings of Virginia Woolf.

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16 March 2015

Cultural Misfits: Gender in Early Twentieth-century Literature
Professor Georgia Johnston

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