Guest Speakers 2015-16


Professor Nicholas Gaskill

Centre for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University

“Modernist Color:

A Brief History in Three Blues, One Red, and a Hurt Color”

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April 7th 2016


Jubilee 155


Nicholas Gaskill studies nineteenth and early-twentieth century American literature, culture, and philosophy.  He is currently at work on two projects. Vibrant Environments: The Feel of Color from the White Whale to the Red Wheelbarrow, situates the color terms and images of modern U.S. writers within the sweeping changes to the visual landscape wrought by synthetic dyes and vivid color media.  Professor Gaskill is also co-editing, along with Adam Nocek, an interdisciplinary collection of essays on the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead.  The volume, titled The Lure of Whitehead, is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press.  Each of these projects extends his abiding interest in the ideas and historical contexts of American pragmatism.

Dr. Sarah Wilson

Department of English, University of Toronto

“A Great Soldier Might Be a Baby Politician:

Ulysses Grant, Henry Adams, Gertrude Stein

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April 25th 2016


Jubilee G36 

Sarah Wilson teaches and researches in the areas of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, with a focus on how questions of identity, political participation, and literary form intersect. Her book Melting-Pot Modernism, published by Cornell University Press in 2010, connects the idea of the melting pot, a turn-of-the-century trope for social change and exchange, with the formal experimentalism of early American modernism. Current projects include a study of representations of political corruption in American writings of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age (“Uncouth Democracy: Corruption and Quantification in the Gilded Age”); an investigation of public science and literary experimentalism (“American Literary Experiment in the Age of Pasteur”); a collection of essays about modernist communities (co-edited with Caroline Pollentier of Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 and Vincent Bucher of Université Stendhal-Grenoble); essays on epistolarity and the origins of “identity politics” and on nineteenth-century political caricature and international notoriety.