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MSA 18: Modernist Texts and Core Curriculum

Despite modernism’s reputation for “difficulty,” new interdisciplinary approaches, innovations in digital humanities, and connections to popular culture make modernist texts particularly suited to required core (undergraduate) courses. This roundtable will present ways in which early career scholars can capitalize on developments in modernist studies to enhance core curriculum teaching. We are interested in approaches to teaching modernist texts in introductory writing, introductory literature, and introductory humanities classes such as close-reading practices that encourage critical thinking skills in diverse classroom settings, guided research opportunities for students from a variety of backgrounds, and multi-modal lessons which might incorporate digital elements In our teaching practice, we hope to expand the reach of modernism - particularly modernist writers and texts recently added to the canon -- as we believe our area of research has a great deal of pedagogical value. At the same time, we recognize the institutional realities of balancing scholarship and teaching and the limitation of resources. In this roundtable, we hope to bring together presenters from diverse institutions who want to reach students whose goals and areas of interest do not directly connect with the study of literature to discuss rationales, objectives, and strategies for teaching modernist texts as well as the rewards and challenges of teaching these texts.

Please send abstracts of 300 words or less and a brief bio by March 30, 2016 to lauren.rosenblum@gmail.com (Note: this is not a guaranteed roundtable).

Conference Location: Pasadena, CA, USA
Conference Starts: November 17, 2016
Conference Ends: November 20, 2016

CFP Submission Deadline: March 30, 2016

For more information, contact: Lauren Rosenblum

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