CAL Seminar - Historiographic Models and “Men of 1914” Modernism: Eliot, Hulme, Joyce, Lewis, Pound

Monday, March 25, 2013 ( 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm )

Location: Morton 324, Stevens Institute of Technology

March 25, 2013. "Historiographic Models and 'Men of 1914' Modernism: Eliot, Hulme, Joyce, Lewis, Pound"
A talk by Kevin Rulo.


In this presentation, Kevin Rulo will consider the various “historiographic models,” or historical-narrative patterns, utilized by modernists to make sense of their world. His particular focus will be on the critical prose of the group of modernists commonly known as the “Men of 1914”: T.S. Eliot, T.E. Hulme, James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, and Ezra Pound.

Historiographic models of decline all figure in important ways in the work of these authors and provide a basis for what could be considered a shared socio-cultural orientation. However, closer examination equally reveals deep divisions within this type of modernism about the nature of civilizational decline, and the solutions to and/or possibility of regeneration. As a test case, these authors’ use of history can point to larger continuities within the period of modernism as a whole and also between modernism and post-modernism.


Kevin Rulo received his B.A. in English from the University of Missouri in St. Louis in 2003. He studied at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., earning an M.A. in English Literature and Language in 2006 and a Ph.D. in 2012. From 2005 to 2009 he held an assistantship at the university and from 2009 to 2012 he was a Teaching Fellow in the English Department at CUA, where he is now a faculty member at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of English. Rulo is currently also the Associate Director of the CUA Writing Center. He has taught literature, writing, and humanities courses since 2007.