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Cambridge University Press Publishes Dr. Russell McDonald’s Modernist Literary Collaborations Between Women and Men

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Cambridge University Press, one of the top academic publishers in the world, has published Dr. Russell McDonald’s newest book, Modernist Literary Collaborations Between Women and Men.

Dr. McDonald, Associate Professor of English and Director of the University Honors Program at Georgian Court, explores ‘cross-sex’ collaboration as a valuable and often subversive strategy for bringing women and men’s differing perspectives into productive dialogue while harnessing the creative potential of gendered discord.

This study is the first to acknowledge collaboration between women and men as an important part of the modernist effort to ‘make it new.’ Drawing on current methods from textual scholarship to read modernist texts as material, socially constructed products of multiple hands, the study argues that cross-sex collaboration involved writers working not just with each other, but also with publishers and illustrators.

By documenting and tracing the contours of their desire for cross-sex collaboration, we gain a new understanding of the modernists’ thinking about sex and gender relations, as well as three related topics of great interest to them: marriage, androgyny, and genius.

Dr. McDonald has been a member of Georgian Court’s faculty since 2009, initially serving as an Assistant Professor of English until becoming an Associate Professor in 2016. He received his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Copies of Dr. McDonald’s book can be purchased here:

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About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.