The British Modernities Group was established in 2005 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to spur critical discussion in British studies across period boundaries. It discusses recent scholarship, workshops group members’ original work, and organizes an annual graduate student conference. Each semester, the BMG explores wide-ranging critical topics, including transatlanticism, modernity, embodiment, and imperialism. As a student-run group, we strive to create an informal setting in which faculty and graduate students can meet and share information.
Our 2013-2014 theme, “Satire & Parody,” explores critical work on these distinct but related comedic modes. In addition to a couple of film screenings, we will meet monthly to discuss topics including pastiche, genre parody, satire/censorship, and parodic performance.