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Modernist Immediacy After Media Studies

In his landmark study, A Genealogy of Modernism (1984), Michael Levenson traced the intellectual and literary travails of a "logic of immediacy" at the heart of literary modernism. Revisiting Levenson’s thesis in the wake of the revolutions in media studies and in the study of media in/of modernism, traced in such significant recent works of scholarship as Mark Goble’s Beautiful Circuits, Mark Seltzer’s True Crime, and Mark Wollaeger’s Modernism, Media, and Propaganda, this panel asks the following questions: how can we best reframe and reexamine the modernist desire for immediacy that Levenson diagnosed thirty years ago? Knowing what we know now about the modernists’ close intellectual and imaginative engagement with contemporary modes of mediation and the dreams behind them, how should we change our understanding of immediacy in modernity, both aesthetic and everyday?

Please send a 300-word abstract and a CV to ampri@uchicago.edu by Apr. 10

Conference Location: Pittsburgh, USA
Conference Starts: November 06, 2014
Conference Ends: November 09, 2014

CFP Submission Deadline: April 10, 2014

For more information, contact: Aleks Prigozhin

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