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MSA 11: Middlebrow Modernists on Youth and Age

Conference: MSA 11, Montreal, Canada, Nov 5-8 2009
Abstract deadline: May 9, 2009

“Youth’s cry of perplexity and pain, typical of this our post-war age of unrest, when, the old values being submerged, youth, in hot revolt against Victorian standards, questions life as never before . . .“ (Rose Macaulay, Keeping up Appearances).
The modernist era is often described as a period when an emerging youth culture asserted itself with innovations in literary and aesthetic form. Tension between generations was also, however, a ubiquitous and lucrative theme in popular fiction and journalism. This panel seeks papers on any aspect of this generational divide in middlebrow writing of the period. Sample topics include:
• the rhetoric of youthfulness
• middle age and its discontents
• the social space of old age
• youth, age, and the literary marketplace
• technologies of youthfulness (e.g., cosmetic surgery, rejuvenation procedures)
• temporality and aging in middlebrow narrative
• satires of the generation gap
• family drama
• youth/age and romance/sex

Please send 300-word abstract and short bio by May 9th to Cynthia Port:

Conference Location: Montreal, Canada
Conference Starts: November 05, 2009
Conference Ends: November 08, 2009

CFP Submission Deadline: May 09, 2009

For more information, contact: Cynthia Port

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