This fall, Anwita Ghosh, a second-year English PhD student, will begin serving as Reviews Editor for Modernism/modernity, which is coming to Fordham under the editorial leadership of Professor Anne Fernald.
Modernism/modernityis a quarterly journal that “focuses on the methodological, archival, and theoretical approaches particular to modernist studies [and] encourages an interdisciplinary approach linking music, architecture, the visual arts, literature, and social and intellectual history.”
Ghosh says she is excited to work on M/m with Professor Fernald because the journal is one of the leading voices in the field of modernist studies. “I am looking forward to learning about and meeting people who are making some of the amazing, cutting-edge contributions in the field of modernist studies,” she says, adding that she also hopes to learn more about how academic journals operate. Indeed, that’s one reason why the journal coming to Fordham is so exciting.
Professor Fernald says that having this journal come to Fordham is remarkable not only because it raises Fordham’s research profile, but also because “the graduate students who work with me on the various aspects of editing—soliciting book reviews, contacting peer reviewers, editing pieces—get first-hand professional experience with scholarship as it’s being produced.”
Professor Fernald selected Ghosh to serve as Reviews Editor of M/m because “her enthusiasm for both literature and theory made her the perfect choice for this position.” Professor Fernald also says that Ghosh is “a careful reader, which is essential, but she also brings a lot of joy to discovering and playing with new ideas: it’s the ideal combination for this work.”
This approach to discovering and playing with new ideas is evident in Ghosh’s many and varied research interests. Ghosh says that she hasn’t settled on a dissertation topic yet, but her current research interests are in Anglophone modernism and psychoanalysis. She plans to “work on the interface between psychoanalysis and modernist novels, especially those that treat family dramas and family traumas.”
Ghosh received her B.A. in English from Calcutta University and M.A. and MPhil degrees in English from Jadavpur University. She says that coming to Fordham was a big step in fulfilling her academic dreams, especially given its location in New York with all its resources. But the Fordham community itself stands out to her. She says, “I'm so glad I applied to Fordham. My departmental peers and professors are some of the most helpful people I've met so far in this inter-continental shift.”
We are thrilled to have Anwita Ghosh in our community, too, and congratulate her on this well-deserved and exciting appointment as Reviews Editor of Modernism/modernity.