John McGuigan
Department of English, UW-Whitewater
End-of-Year Fellowship Report for 2005-06

I am thrilled with the amount of work I was able to finish with the time, space, and intellectual resources afforded a system fellow. Given my normal teaching load at UW-Whitewater (4/4), I can safely assume that none of it would otherwise have been completed. I was able to write two articles from start to finish, write and present two conference papers at major conferences in my field, and completely rewrite a third article. Perhaps more importantly, I was able to establish a clearer and more cogent theoretical framework for my book project exploring the intersections of ideology, anarchism, and avant-garde visual art in Anglo-American literary modernism. (One of the new articles is the beginning of a chapter.) Extra time to read allowed me to explore relevant theoretical and historical work. The Center theme of autonomy is central to my project, and engaging with the topic from the different perspectives offered by thoughtful colleagues and provocative speakers truly transformed the way I think about autonomy and the roles art and literature play in mediating the relationship between individuals and institutions.

conference presentations

"From Quagmire to Epic: The Strange Cinematic Adaptation of Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down," presented at Narrative: An International Conference, Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario), April 3-6, 2006.

“Virginia Woolf as Unwitting Anarchist,” presented at Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference 7, Loyola University Chicago, November 3-6, 2005. I was also the panel organizer.

new articles written and submitted for review
“The Unwitting Anarchism of Mrs. Dalloway,” 31pp ms.
“On the Danger of Heroes: Genre Trouble in Black Hawk Down’s Transformation from Modern Story to Cinematic Spectacle,” 28pp ms.

article rewritten and submitted for review
“And a Misanthrope Will Lead the Masses: Nightwood and the Revolutionary Transformations of Surrealism.” 32pp ms.




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