Pamela Caughie (Loyola U. Chicago)
will employ the concept of passing to represent the negotiations of
identity boundaries and forms of cross-cultural identification in
modernist cultural productions.
COLLISIONS WITH THE POPULAR
Patrick Collier (Ball State U.)
will examine the relationship between modernism and popularculture,
with particular emphasis on 1) how modernists view both popular culture
and the concept of popularity and 2) how commentators in "popular"
media (newspapers, radio, etc.) view modernism.
AND MASS MEDIA
John Xiros Cooper (U. of British Columbia)
How do we
rewrite the history of modernism today to account for its extraordinary
conquest of the everyday in the age of turbo-capitalism? What does
this desegregation of bohemia do to our concepts of modernism's "cultural
elitism," to notions of the avant-garde, and to the inscription of
aesthetic value in modernist works as a resistance to the blight of
LITERARY MODERNISM AND VISUAL CULTURE
Jean Gallagher (Polytechnic U.)
How have modernist
writers and texts responded to changes and developments in the visual
culture and technologies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries?
Emerging models of subjectivity within modernist visual culture and
effect on production and reception of literary texts. Models of text/image
AND CONTEXTS: MODERNITY AND NATIONALITY IN BRITAIN
Nancy Gish (U. of Southern Maine)
will examine how different Modernist "canons" shaped the work of later
poets in different ways. Our emphasis will be on the continuing importance
and effect of work by Eliot, Yeats, and MacDiarmid, but other "canonical"
poets and later writers from regions of Britain can also be included.
Jon Hegglund (Central Connecticut State)
This seminar invites papers
that consider the relationship between modernist aesthetics and geographical
knowledge. The "time-space" compression described by David Harvey
and others coincides with the end of an "heroic" period of geography
characterized by imperial cultures of exploration and discovery. The
seminar will consider questions related to this epistemic shift in
the experience and representation of space. More information is available
Lynne Huffer (Rice)
This seminar will explore
the historical, political, and theoretical importance of queer cultural
production in Paris during the modernist period.
MODERNITIES, AND THE QUESTION OF RACE
Cyraina Johnson-Rouillier (Notre Dame)
What is the significance
of the changing geography of modernism, and how does it affect our
understanding of the relation between modernity and race? The tension
between modernism and modernity in multiple cultural contexts.
AND ADDRESS IN MODERN POETRY
Walter Kalaidjian (Emory)
Modern literature as an
important site for discerning trauma and its meanings as they are
inscribed in textual practice. Because less attention has been given
to traces of trauma in verse than in fiction, film, and the performing
arts, this seminar will investigate the ways in which trauma registers
address in modern poetry of the 20th century.
STATUS OF GENDER IN MODERNIST STUDIES
Linda A. Kinnahan (Duquesne U.) and Maeera Shreiber (Utah)
This seminar proposes-
a decade after the landmark anthology The Gender of Modernism--to
focus upon the status of gender as a critical category within modernist
studies across the disciplines.
GLOBALIZATION AND THE CLIMATE OF MODERNISM
Kurt Koenigsberger (Case Western Reserve) and William Kupinse (Tulsa)
This seminar will investigate
the emergence and dissemination of modernism within the context of
MODERNISM AND MASCULINITY
Dejan Kuzmanovic (Wisconsin)
In what sense could modernism,
or certain manifestations of it, be described as masculine? Is it
possible -- and in what sense -- to talk about modernist masculinity
Holly Laird (Tulsa)
This seminar will investigate
varied manifestations of both collaborative and collaborationist texts
from the 1880s to the present.
TRANSPARENCY TO OCCLUSION: MAPPING MODERNISM'S SURFACES
Nana Last (Rice)
This seminar proposes
the terms "transparency" and "occlusion" as a way of understanding
the construction of meaning in either specific works or methodologies
in architecture, the arts and humanities in the twentieth century.
AND COLLAGE IN POETIC, MUSICAL, AND VISUAL CULTURE
James Lastra and Scarlett Higgins (U. of Chicago)
Collage, montage, assemblage,
pastiche, and documentary forms have been a key formal aspect of modernist
aesthetic production since the first stirrings of the avant-garde.
This seminar will explore the potential and persistence of these techniques
across media, with an emphasis on their use in late modernity.
AND THE UTOPIAN
Doug Mao (Harvard)
A seminar on how modernists
imagined -- or resisted imagining--healthier environments, juster
orders, perfected societies, brave new worlds.
Joseph McLaughlin (Ohio U.)
Specific physical locations
of modernism as represented in literature, visual arts, geography,
architecture, urban planning, ethnography, travel literature and other
APPROACHES TO LITTLE MAGAZINES
Mark Morrisson (Penn State)
This seminar will encourage
participants to approach little magazines not simply as venues for
now-neglected writers, artists, musicians, but rather as a window
on the culture of modernity.
BOUNDARIES AND BOUNDARY CROSSINGS
Peter Naccarato (Marymount Manhattan)
The need to confront,
question, and move beyond boundaries (norms and traditions, disciplines
and genres, cultural and historical identities) as a central modernist
REVISIONS OF MODERNISM
Charles W. Pollard (Calvin College)
Questioning the narrative
that contemporary writing must "oppose" modernism. How have contemporary
artists renewed and revised the texts, principles, strategies, forms
or techniques of modernism? Focus on instances of specific contemporary
artists engaging with modernist precursors.
DEGENERATION OF MODERNISM
Marilyn Reizbaum (Bowdoin)
This seminar will explore
theories of degeneration (e.g., Nordau, Ellis, Lombroso) and their
legacy for modernisms and modernity.
OF LITERARY MODERNISMS
John Paul Riquelme (Boston U.)
This seminar will revolve
around theoretically informed readings of literature of the long twentieth
century (Wilde forward) that bring together, under the conceptual
umbrella of postcoloniality, modernist and postmodernist writers from
various locales and ethnic groups whose texts reflect the dislocations
of modernity, including Irish, American Southern, post-war African-American,
and Caribbean writers among others.
LESBIAN DISCOURSE, AND THE PROBLEMS OF NATIONAL IDENTITY
Patricia Juliana Smith (Hofstra)
The Modernist period saw
a specifically lesbian or "Sapphist" sensibility manifested in literature
and related arts. This phenomenon occurs almost simultaneously with
the advent of a particularly virulent form of nationalism and racism
in the Western world. This seminar will examine the various ways in
which lesbian literature, art, and culture were affected, even shaped,
by the politics of national and/or racial identity during this period.
MODERNISM AND TECHNOLOGY
Luca Somigli (U. of Toronto)
The relationship between
technology and cultural production in modernism: the role of technology
in transforming the process of cultural production; new forms of aesthetics
fostered by or theorized in relation to technological innovations;
the representation of technology in modernist literature.
AND THE WRITING OF HISTORY
Barrett Watten (Wayne State U.)
This seminar will seek
to obtain an overview of the ways avant-gardes in literature and art
have been accounted for historically, how they have incorporated historical
materials and motivations, and the relation between these two forms
MEMORY,EXPERIENCE, AND THE DESIGNS OF MODERNISM
Philip Weinstein (Swarthmore) and Ian Baucom (Duke)
This seminar will explore
Benjamin's reframings or recastings of "modernism," as well as investigate
the inter-articulation of certain key figures of his thought with
some of the central concerns of modernist aesthetics and practice.
Open to specialists and non-specialists.
Steven Yao (Ohio State U.)
Alternative modes of modernist
cultural production e.g., manifesto, educational handbook).The significance
of alternative avenues of cultural production and the impact their
technological or practical dimensions might have for the consistencies
and fractures of Modernism as a critical and historical category.
PREMODERN, MODERN, POSTMODERN
Erin G. Carlston (UNC-Chapel Hill)
This seminar will focus
specifically on the idea of gendered/classed/raced/disabled bodies
in texts. We will look at the way discourses about bodies 1) influenced
developments in literary/cultural modernism in the 19th and early
20th centuries and 2) have been influenced by literary/cultural modernism
throughout the 20th and into the 21st centuries. As a result, papers
*must* treat at least one work that distinctly pre- or post-dates