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Department of

Jason Baskin

Assistant Professor for the Department of English

Ph.D., Princeton University
A.B., Harvard
Hoyt Hall 230


Jason Baskin joined the UW faculty in 2010. He teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature and critical theory. His ongoing research explores the aesthetic and cultural forms that emerge after high modernism. Other topics of interest include modern poetry, theories of the avant-garde, midcentury culture, marxist cultural theory, modernism and race, phenomenology and theories of embodiment. 

Selected Publications

"Romanticism, Culture, Collaboration: Modernism Beyond the Avant-Garde." Cultural Critique 83 (Winter 2013)

"Soft Eyes." Mediations: A Journal of the Marxist Literary Group (forthcoming)

Works in Progress

Embodying Experience: Modernism Beyond the Avant-Garde, a monograph that explores an overlooked form of late modernist writing based in physical embodiment. This book argues that a variety of mid-century figures return to the aesthetic ground of the sensing body, and to concepts of experience discredited by high modernism, to express a social vision unavailable within dominant postwar political and cultural institutions. 

Selected Recent Papers Delivered and Conference Participation

“Marxism and Modernist Studies Today.” Panel Organizer and Chair. Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA. January 2013. 

“Surviving Modernism.” Seminar on Experiential/Experimental Time. Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference. Las Vegas, NV. October 2012. 

“Periodizing Late Modernism: The Aesthetics of Embodiment.” Generation M: Resetting Modernist Time, Amsterdam, Netherlands. May 2012. 

“Fordism and the Structure of Modernist Innovation.” Seminar Organizer. Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Buffalo, NY. October 2011. 

“Lyric Pound.” Special Session: Other Antilyrics: Beyond the Twentieth Century Avant-Garde/Mainstream Divide, Modernist Language Association, Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA. January 2011. 

“Soft Eyes, or Learning to See.” Special Session: Surface and Depth: How We Read Now, sponsored by the Marxist Literary Group, Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA. January 2011.

Awards and Honors

Caltech-Huntington Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, California Institute of Technology (2008)

Quinn Morton Teaching Fellowship, Writing Program, Princeton University (2008, declined)

Center for Human Values Graduate Prize Fellowship, Princeton University (2006)

Princeton University Graduate Fellowship (2003-2008) 

Recent Courses Taught

Senior Seminar: Theories of Embodiment (ENGL 4990)

Modern American Fiction: 1920-present (ENGL 4430)

Harlem Renaissance (ENGL 4430)

American Modernism (ENGL 5330)

Introduction to Literary Theory: Theorizing Culture (ENGL 5530)

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