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Louise Blakeney Williams

Louise Blakeney Williams

Professor of History 

Phone: (860) 832-2806
Fax: (860) 832-2804
Email: williamsl@ccsu.edu

Louise Blakeney Williams received her B.A. in philosophy with distinction, from The University of Michigan in 1979. She subsequently received her M.A. from Columbia University. She completed her Ph.D. in history at Columbia University in 1992, under the direction of Sir David Cannadine. Dr. Williams joined the faculty at CCSU as an Assistant Professor in 1997. Prior to her arrival at CCSU, she taught at Lehman College, The City University of New York and New York University.

Her teaching interests include Imperialism with a focus on the British Empire, modern British history, Irish history, modern European history, and intellectual and cultural history.  She teaches historical methods courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels.  She leads travel courses abroad to Ireland and Northern Ireland most years.  Dr. Williams also is co-coordinator of the MA program.

She is now working on a second book manuscript tentatively titled“Our Voice as in a Dream”: An Asian Art Network and the Imagining of Cosmopolitan Modernity in the British Empire, 1880-1920. This work explores the interaction and mutual influences of complex network of art critics and artists in Britain, India, and Japan, who moved away from Orientalist assumptions of Asian difference and inferiority, towards an assertion of the equality of East and West and the value of cultural diversity.  This, in turn, contributed to a wide variety of innovative cosmopolitan experiments in culture, society, politics, gender, and even environmental planning.Dr. Williams received eight CSU-AAUP Research grants to consult materials in archives and libraries in England, Scotland, and India as part of this project. 

Dr. Williams’ first book, Modernism and the Ideology of History: Literature, Politics, and the Past explores the historical understanding of key modernist artists in Edwardian England, and was published by Cambridge University Press.  Her current book project had its origins in a National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar for College Teachers, “Rediscovering the British Empire,” directed by W. Roger Louis.  Some of the findings of the book were published in an article in the American Historical Review and presented in numerous papers at national and international conferences.

Modernism and Ideology of HistorySelected Publications:

  • Modernism and the Ideology of History: Literature, Politics, and the Past.  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).
  • “Overcoming the ‘Contagion of Mimicry’: The Cosmopolitan Nationalism and Modernist History of Rabindranath Tagore and W. B. Yeats,” American Historical Review, 112, no. 1 (February 2007): 69-100.
  • “Yeats in 1914: A Cosmopolitan Modernist and the ‘Great Menace of Nationalism’,” in Michael Walsh, ed., London, Modernism, and 1914. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.)
  • “British Modernism, History, and Totalitarianism:  The Case of T. E. Hulme,” CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, Philosophy of History, 23, no. 3 (Spring 1994): 257-269.