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Reading that Moves: Modernism, Dance and The Body

This year's MSA 18 Conference theme of "€œCultural Industries" enables an interdisciplinary discussion of literature, the body, movement, and Modernism. Isadora Duncan revolutionized the ways in which the dancing body was presented and moved on the modern stage by “liberating” the body from the discipline and structure of ballet. Traces of this “liberated” body are seen through the works of the literature of the period from the Old Man in Yeats’s The Death of Cuchulain (1939) who "€œwanted a dance"€ but "spit three times on the dancers painted by Degas"€ (27, 37) to the free-spirited Jinny in Woolf's The Waves (1931). This contrast between restrained and liberated bodies permeates throughout Modernist literature, especially in response to the violence and political turmoil of the period. In her important recent monograph, Literature, Modernism, and Dance, Susan Jones writes: "€œthe reciprocal relationship between literature and dance represents one of the most striking but understudied features of modernism"€ (1). With this panel, we hope to build upon Jones'€™s work by incorporating dance into this conversation of cultural industries. How does the body move in modernity? How is the body represented in modernist literature, music, painting, architecture, film, and dance? Topics might include, but are not limited to discussions of: race, gender, sexuality, affect, trauma, ecocriticism, memory, and the shifting concept of public vs. private spheres.

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief biography to Panayiota (Patty) Argyrides at 14pa6@queensu.ca by April 13, 2016. (Please note, this is not a guaranteed panel).


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

CFP Submission Deadline: April 13, 2016

For more information, contact: Patty Argyrides

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