Ryan James McGuckin

Academic Specialty:

Modernism and Modernity; Gender, Race, and the Novel; Musical Culture; Transnational Approaches to Literature; Rhetoric and Modernism; Urban Modernism

Education:

  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Years of Study:

  • Mannes School of Music, The New School, New York City

Peer-Reviewed Publication:

  • “E. M. Forster’s Female Musicality: Counter-Romance in A Room with a View” (Article “Revise and Resubmit” for Journal of Modern Literature / 8,980 words)
  • “Review of Helen Rydstrand’s Rhythmic Modernism: Mimesis and the Short Story,” Affirmations: of the modern, vol. 6., no. 1, pp., 2019, 125–29.

In Preparation:

  • “Disrupted Again: Musical Unrest in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled” (Article / 2,500 words)
  • “Rethinking Resilience: Musical Isolation and the Natural World of Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out” (Book Chapter / 7,600 words)
  • “Exotic Interludes: American Music, European Life, and the Dissipation of Black Selfhood in James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” (Book Chapter / 1,800 words)
  • Extreme Measures: Music and the Making of the New Woman (Book / 50,000 words)

Recent Presentations:

  • “Rethinking Resilience: Music and Isolation in Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out.” Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric, University of Alberta, Edmonton, June 1–3,  2022.
  • Chair, “Musical Rhetorics.” Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric, University of Alberta, Edmonton, June 1–3, 2022.
  • “Disrupted Again: Kenneth Burke and Musical Life in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled.” Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric, University of Alberta, Edmonton, June 2–4, 2021.
  • Chair, “Rhetoric and Nature.” Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric, University of Alberta, Edmonton, June 2–4, 2021.

Biography:
Ryan James McGuckin is a Visiting Assistant Professor, with specializations in modernism, gender studies, and musical culture. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he was Assistant Professor of English at Southern University and A&M College, Louisiana’s largest historically black college and university.

A native of New York and the surrounding Hudson Valley, his research describes how modern writers re-examine art in everyday life and, consequently, alter the way implicit forms of narrative emphasize misrepresented and peripheral identities.

His first book (in preparation), Extreme Measures: Music and the Making of the New Woman, joins the persisting art of classical music with the emergence of late-19th- and early-20th-century female subjectivity to track how music—and modernism’s literary representations of musical life—disrupted the fixed embodiments of domestic femininity. 

Under revision is his article on female musicality and music’s counter-romantic subtext in the work of E. M. Forster which, in part, builds upon his more recently published review of British and Anglophone modernist writers’ thematic uses and representations of rhythm. His other chapter and article publication projects currently analyze music’s reconciliatory ability to harmonize and complicate perceptions of race, gender, and economics regarding public memory, urban life, cross-national identities, female autonomy, and eurocentrism in the works of authors such as Willa Cather, Kazuo Ishiguro, James Weldon Johnson, and Virginia Woolf.

See more at his webpage www.ryanjamesmcguckin.com

 

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor
Department: English

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-3098

Office address
Sanford 227