Thomas S. Davis
My research and teaching interests are transnational modernism; late modernism and visual culture; the avant-garde; aesthetics and politics; and critical theory.
I have published articles on late modernism, Elizabeth Bowen, Henri Lefebvre, and Maurice Blanchot. I am completing a monograph entitled The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life, which unfolds the relationship between late modernism’s various forms of attention to everyday life and the upheavals in the British world-system during its final decades.
I am beginning a second project, tentatively titled Archives of Violence: Transnational Modernism and the Long Twentieth Century, that explores the way modernist form mediates the types of historical violence—famine, massacre, slum creation, child soldiers, forced migration—generated by the endless accumulation of capital in the modern world-system.
I also serve on the editorial board for the forthcoming digital Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.
- British, Irish, and Transnational Modernism
- Marxist Aesthetics and Cultural Theory
- The International Avant-garde
- Politics and Aesthetics
- PhD, University of Notre Dame