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Late Modernism in the American Scene (MSA 19, Amsterdam)

Recent scholarship has employed the term “late modernism” to describe a set of wide-ranging changes to English national culture, in and after the 1930s: a sense of the British Empire’s imminent decline, a necessary reaction to global war, and a growing intellectual reconciliation between politics and art, exemplified by the Mass Observation movement. Modernist studies, however, has not yet established such a guiding narrative for late modernism in the United States. This panel offers a platform for considering what late modernism might look like in the American scene, from the Depression of the 1930s to the upheavals of the 1960s. Possible topics include: approaches to periodizing an American late modernism (changes in political history, social movements, aesthetic theory); how to reconcile modernism’s transnational circulation with the resurgence in nationalist thinking at midcentury; the punctual importance of the Depression or World War II to American modernism; authors whose works are distinctly “late” modern or whose work exhibits a “late” phase; and late modernist periodical culture.

Please send a 250-word abstract and CV to Ian Afflerbach at ian.afflerbach@lmc.gatech.edu by January 9th.

Conference Location: Modernist Studies Association 19, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conference Dates: August 10-13, 2017


Conference Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conference Starts: August 10, 2017
Conference Ends: August 13, 2017

CFP Submission Deadline: January 09, 2017

For more information, contact: Ian Afflerbach

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