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Modernist Writing and the Challenge of New Media

This is a proposed panel for the 2011 Modernist Studies Association Conference. A complex network of complicities and parallelisms between writing and emerging media—photography, film, sound recording, and the like—have been associated with modernism, a period roughly analogous with Walter Benjamin’s paradigmatic “age of mechanical reproduction” (or “technological reproducibility”). Modernist poets and novelists often refer to and draw upon such media in formulating their own representational strategies. How do these media provide the technical, social, and aesthetic context within which modernist innovation takes place? How do such media confound distinctions within the arts between subjectivity and objectivity, between material production and culture, between perception and language? How are they employed in representing racialized or gendered bodies? How do conceptions of the writer as producer (Benjamin) or technician (John Dos Passos) address the changing status of the writer? This panel seeks papers that trace, problematize, and generally scrutinize the uneasy alliance of writing with new, mechanized modes of inscription, reproduction, and dissemination.

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

CFP Submission Deadline: April 01, 2011

For more information, contact: Justin Parks

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