Dr Rod Rosenquist has published primarily in the areas of cultural contexts for modernism, including high culture, popular culture, celebrities, markets and marketing, late modernism and period terms, trust and deception, and life writing. He has written about the lives, the cultural positions and the works of major high modernists, like James Joyce, Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, early modernists like Henry James, Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford and in further detail on Gertrude Stein, Wyndham Lewis, Laura Riding and the Objectivist poets (primarily Zukofsky, Bunting and Niedecker). He is interested in speaking to anyone considering a PhD in these specific areas or authors, or in modernism more generally.
Dr Rosenquist is currently editing Blasting and Bombardiering (1937), a memoir focused on World War I and high modernism, for Oxford University Press’s forthcoming Collected Works of Wyndham Lewis. He has also been developing a project for several years on modernist memoirs, celebrity culture and temporality. Exploring life writing between 1930 and 1970, the project aims to assess the retrospective and public shaping of the modern movement from a late modernist perspective, assessing modernist tropes of ‘the thing’ and ‘the ordinary’, fashion and the body, time and place, and modernist affect. In support of the project, Dr Rosenquist was awarded two fellowships in 2013 to carry out archival research at the Beinecke Rare Books and Manusripts Library, Yale University, and the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas.