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Misappropriation: Rethinking Narratives of Modernist Appropriation

We invite papers that broaden our understanding of modernist appropriation by considering it alongside concepts such as influence, collage, ekphrasis, translation, republication, or the objet trouvé. Understood as the deliberate borrowing of form or content from another author, culture, language, or perceived racial group, appropriation is often seen as an imperialist practice. For example, Pound's use of Chinese characters and Picasso's reworking of African masks have been read as Eurocentric acts of acquisition. Yet, if appropriation is both confluence and division--its bringing together necessarily hierarchizing--we wonder how this inherent instability might undermine its hegemonic implications, creating space for resistance, play, and critique. As these very features become the dominant in the postmodern Appropriation Art of the nineteen-seventies, we'€™re interested in how they might have functioned during the nineteen-teens, twenties, and thirties.

Please send abstracts of 300 words to Elizabeth Barnett at elizabeth.s.barnett@vanderbilt.edu or Aubrey Porterfield at aubrey.k.porterfield@vanderbilt.edu by March 30, 2014.

Conference Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Conference Starts: November 06, 2014
Conference Ends: November 09, 2014

CFP Submission Deadline: March 30, 2014

For more information, contact: Elizabeth Barnett

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