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Modernism and Graphic Justice

The modernist period, one of worldwide literary experiment and of worldwide conflict, demanded a rethinking not merely of psychological subjectivity, but of what it meant to be subject to the law and to punishment. This panel is particularly concerned with graphic, violent or uncomfortable modernist representations of (and, where appropriate, their experiences of) law, crime and punishment, and human/nonhuman rights.

The previous excellent work on modernism and crime or violence (such as Cole, 2012; Sheehan, 2013; Evers, 2013; Eburne, 2008) has tended towards a focus on metaphorical or aesthetic violence: this panel hopes to build on this work by exploring where literary and psychic violence comes into contact with judicial violence.

Examples of the kind of modernist life and work that this panel might consider could include:
* Harlem Renaissance anti-lynching activism
* Ezra Pound and the treason trial;
* Samuel Beckett and support for prisoners producing and performing his work;
* Elizabeth Bowen and involvement with the Royal Commission investigating capital punishment;
* Modernists as readers or writers of crime fiction;
* Influences of criminology on modernism;
* Modernist responses to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In short, we hope to use the space afforded by this panel to examine how the singularity of literature (Attridge) offered early twentieth-century readers opportunities for thinking through crime and punishment.

Interdisciplinary approaches, especially from fields such as psychoanalysis, philosophy, law or the visual arts, are particularly welcome; although all proposals will be carefully considered on their own merits.

Please send 250-300 word proposals to k.ebury@sheffield.ac.uk by 15th March.

Conference Location: Columbus, Ohio, US
Conference Starts: November 08, 2018
Conference Ends: November 11, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: March 15, 2018

For more information, contact: Katherine Ebury

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