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The Opposites of Modernism (MSA 17)

In keeping with the conference theme of revolution, this panel will consider one of the necessary preconditions for revolution: opposition. The idea of opposition is central to the concept of Modernism because Modernism is so often characterized as uniting antithetical notions. To offer only a few examples, Modernism is regularly described as being old and new, objective and subjective, timely and timeless, conservative and progressive, coherent and fragmented. This panel will explore the oppositions inherent in the notion of Modernism by examining Modernist works that represent and dramatize those oppositions. The depiction of the opposition may be carried out through character, narrative, image or allusion. The papers in this panel will ask three essential questions of each opposition that is examined: How is the opposition defined? What is the relationship between the two opposites? Is the difference between the two opposites mediated or does the opposition prove to be irreconcilable? This panel welcomes papers on topics in literature, the visual and performing arts, literary theory and philosophy. Please send a 250-word abstract and brief professional bio (2-3 sentences) to Robert Baines at rb211@evansville.edu by April 10.

Conference Location: Boston, MA, United States
Conference Starts: November 19, 2015
Conference Ends: November 22, 2015

CFP Submission Deadline: April 10, 2015

For more information, contact: Robert Baines

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