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MSA18: Caribbean Modernisms

Caribbean Modernisms

This proposed panel explores how attending to the Caribbean can further expand our understanding of modernism as a transnational phenomenon. More than just a material and imagined setting that influenced modernist literary production, the Caribbean was itself a site of modernity. While scholars frequently discusses Caribbean writers and intellectuals like Jean Rhys, Claude McKay, Frantz Fanon, C.L.R. James and Marcus Garvey, they are often subsumed under larger rubric of Harlem Renaissance studies or Anglo-American modernism; there has been less scholarship that examines these writers as modernist, Caribbean writers. This panel seeks to bring the fields of modernist studies and Caribbean studies together in order to examine the Caribbean as a site of literary modernism.

This panel invites proposals on Caribbean modernists, Anglo-American and African-American modernists in the Caribbean, or modernist writing set in the Caribbean. Proposals might address the following questions:
What does it mean for modernist stories to take place in the Caribbean?
How does the Caribbean function in the modernist imaginary?
How do the categories of “modernism” and “Caribbean”—both of which have been densely theorized—speak to one another?

Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Please send a 250-300 word CFP and short bio to Kelly Hanson (hansonkr@indiana.edu) by April 10, 2016.

Conference Location: Pasadena, CA, USA
Conference Starts: November 17, 2016
Conference Ends: November 21, 2016

CFP Submission Deadline: April 10, 2016

For more information, contact: Kelly Hanson

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