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Evans, Brad

Professor Brad Evans is a specialist in nineteenth and early-twentieth century American literature. His research explores the complicated intellectual history of conceptualizing art objects (like novels) as belonging to national and cultural traditions. His interest in this topic has led him to write about fraught instances of cultural circulation, as suggested by two new projects nearing completion. In the first, he has co-produced the reconstruction of an important 1914 silent feature film by Edward S. Curtis, In the Land of the Head Hunters, the first of its kind to feature an entirely indigenous cast drawn from the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) of British Columbia. The goal of the project was to provide a scholarly recovery of the melodramatic genre of the film and to present unique Kwakwaka’wakw perspectives on their role in its production and conservation. His other new project is a book about an international vogue for proto-modernist periodicals known as "ephemeral bibelots," which appeared throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the United States for a brief moment in the 1890s. He uses the bibelot vogue to rework the literary history of the period and ask fundamental questions about how art moves. He is the recent recipient of a research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for work on the bibelot project.


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