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Robert Volpicelli, PSU Alum and Past CALS Fellow, Publishes First Book

"Transatlantic Modernism and the US Lecture Tour" derives from the dissertation project that earned Volpicelli, now an Assistant Professor of English at Randolph-Macon College (VA), a CALS Dissertation Fellowship in 2014-15
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Robert Volpicelli, PSU Alum and Past CALS Fellow, Publishes First Book

Transatlantic Modernism and the US Lecture Tour, published by Oxford University Press in 2021, is the first comprehensive study of modernist authors on the US lecture tour, a widespread phenomenon that accounted for many Americans’ first encounter with international modernism. With a wide range of archival research, including previously unpublished lectures and tour ephemera, Volpicelli reroutes our understanding of modernism away from the magazines and other mass media that have so far characterized its circulation and toward the unique form of cultural distribution that coalesced around the tour. This volume tracks the lecture tour experiences of a diverse group of writers, an extremely physical form of circulation that transformed them into object-like commodities to be sold in a variety of performance venues. In doing so, Transatlantic Modernism adds to a critical tradition of exposing those popular dimensions of modernism that far exceeded its standard coterie definition while also uncovering something else: how the circuit’s particular diversity of social contexts forced modernists to take on a new authorial flexibility that would allow them to make in-roads with practically any audience—elite, popular, and everything in between. Congratulations, Robert!