Tanya Jayani Fernando


Tanya Fernando works on both modernism and the contemporary arts—the literary, visual, and performing arts. She focuses on questions of aesthetics, politics, and race. She is currently completing a manuscript, “The Politics of Shock: Modernism, Primitivism, and Aesthetics.” The book explores how modernist artists used ‘shock’ as a radical technique to create a just world. It examines work by the surrealists, Walter Benjamin, Vaslav Nijinsky and Igor Stravinksy, Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry and the Post-Impressionists, and Theodor Adorno.

She is currently writing on dance:

"The Ekphrastic Body: Wayne McGregor's Woolf Works" in Dance Chronicle (Summer 2019)

"The New Millennium Minstrel Show" in The Brooklyn Rail (May 3, 2012)

In Progress

“Aesthetic Form and the Political: A Comparison of Postmodern and Black Dance”

The Rite of Spring and the Yearning for the Sacred”