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MSA 18: Signs for Wonders: Modern Enchantments and Disenchantments

Are there peculiarly modern ways of wondering, or of failing to wonder? Are modern life and its culture industries afflicted by disenchantment (Max Weber), are they vibrant with enchantment (Jane Bennett), or are they ironic with disenchanted enchantment (Michael Saler)? What kind of affect is wonder, or what kind of cognitive process, and how is it read? What have modernist writers and artists done with, or done to wonder, awe, and fascination, and to what ends? How do these practices converge or diverge from the spellbinding work of modern entertainment and other media? What are the implications for wondrous horror versus pleasure, knowledge versus stupefaction, empowerment versus paralysis? This proposed panel seeks papers from diverse disciplines on the production of magic, enchantment or wonder (Jane Bennett, Sophia Vasalou, Mary-Jane Rubenstein) and literature, arts, and media.

Send 200-300 word proposals with brief professional biographical notes to Glenn Willmott at gw12@queensu.ca. Due April 8, 2016.


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

CFP Submission Deadline: April 08, 2016

For more information, contact: Glenn Willmott

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