Ann L. Ardis
Interim Deputy Provost and Director, Interdisciplinary Research Center
University of Delaware
Ann Ardis (B.A. University of Kansas, 1979; M.A., Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1988) has published extensively on turn-of-the-twentieth-century British literature and culture. The common thread running through all of her major research projects to date has been an interest in the relationship between recorded history and silence as well in what Raymond Williams has termed the "machinery of selective tradition."
Professor Ardis' most recent work is on the "mediamorphosis" (Roger Fidler's phrasing) of print at the turn of the twentieth century. With Patrick Collier, a recent UD Ph.D., she has hosted a symposium on "Transatlantic Print Culture, 1880-1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms," and co-edited a collection of essays on that topoic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). A 2011 symposium on transatlantic print culture has resulted in special issues of Modernism/modernity, "Mediamorphosis: Print Culture and Transatlantic/Transnational Public Sphere(s)" (vol 19, no 3, September 2012) and the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies (vol 3, no 2, 2012).
Professor Ardis is currently developing a book, tentatively entitled Before the Great Divides: Magazines, Modernisms, Modernities, about the transformations of print media and the literary marketplace at the turn of the twentieth century in relation to both the professionalization of "English studies" as an academic discipline and re-conceptualizations of the public sphere undertaken by the historical avant-garde and by radical social movements in the UK and the US (women's suffrage, the New Negro Movement, socialism) as the latter embedded the arts in larger projects of socio-economic "uplift." An outtake of this project, "Making Middlebrow Culture, Making Middlebrow Literary Texts Matter: The Crisis, Easter 1912," was published in Modernist Cultures in 2011. The syllabus for her course, "Modernism In and Beyond the Little Magazines," is posted on the Modernist Journal Project's website.