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Memory, Modernism and the Country Estate

We invite submissions for a proposed panel for MSA 2011 that will examine how modernist writers across a range of geographical locations contain, transmit, and transform personal and national memories within the structure of the country estate (broadly defined).

Modernist literature is frequently defined and identified by its focus on urban spaces, and their rootless and mobile inhabitants. However, the apparently antithetical spaces of country estates – rooted, rural, and trapped in the past – also proved fruitful imaginative locales for modernist literary experiment, especially (though not exclusively) by women writers. These sites richly demonstrate the importance of memory in modernism – how an era so vocally concerned with innovation so often seems weighed down by its past and haunted by its ghosts.

300-word abstracts + brief bio/CV by April 10, 2011.

Conference Location: Buffalo, NY, USA
Conference Starts: October 06, 2011
Conference Ends: October 09, 2011

CFP Submission Deadline: April 10, 2011

For more information, contact: Joanna Scutts

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