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Narrating Modernism (MSA 17)

Revolution produces future possibilities limited by the material conditions of history, as well as reflections on the past. This panel will explore the capacity for modernism to consider its own history and thereby take narrative control of its future. In their recent piece in PMLA, David James and Urmila Seshagiri identify among certain contemporary authors a literary attitude they call metamodernism: that is, a tendency to "place a conception of modernism as revolution at the heart of their fictions." James and Seshagiri describe a relationship between early twentieth-century modernism and its literary descendants that consists of self-conscious dissent and defamiliarization. Pursuing James and Seshagiri's return to periodization, this panel will observe examples of postwar fiction that take the topic of modernism as a significant, if not central, theme. Potential papers may consider (but are not limited to) topics such as the reflexivity of late modernist narrative, the impact of technology on modernist experimentation, or the ambiguous position of the modernist subject. Furthermore, papers may also consider the usefulness of the term "metamodernism" and whether this term accurately describes the longevity of the modernist legacy. This panel welcomes submissions on topics in literature and literary theory, as well as philosophy, the visual and performing arts, and film studies. Please send a 300-word abstract and brief professional bio to Patrick Whitmarsh at pwhitmar@bu.edu by April 3.

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

CFP Submission Deadline: April 03, 2015

For more information, contact: Patrick Whitmarsh

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