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MSA 2018 Columbus: Graphic Sound

"Graphic Sound"
2018 Modernist Studies Association Conference
8-11 November 2018
Columbus, OH

In their introduction to ‘Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film’ (2017), Julian Murphet, Helen Groth, and Penelope Hone suggest that the advent of new sound storage technologies encouraged modernist authors "to engage as never before with what the symbolic apparatus of written language had never yet properly grasped: the vocal textures, rhythmic mechanisations, and stochastic accidents of real, socially embodied sound" (3). Their volume goes a long way in addressing the need in both sound and modernist studies for more direct engagements with the ways in which the printed word mediates the rhythms and sonic textures of modernity and accesses historical and cultural modes of listening. This panel seeks to build upon their work by further examining modern literature's textual registration of sonic phenomena.

We invite papers that explore modern literature's mediation of sound, particularly those that consider the ways in which it attempts to go beyond sonic description and mimesis by grappling with sound's synesthetic emergence in and through the printed word and by imagining how it can be "heard" through various graphic registers. Possible topics might include the following:

• Narrative sound
• Synesthesia in modernist works
• Phonemic writing
• Voice in modern literature
• The inner voice and the audibility of reading
• The influence of sound technologies on modern literature
• Silence, soundless sounds, and the Real
• Representing deafness and registering hearing along an audiological spectrum (including an attention to "infrasound," "bass materialism," and other means of hearing-as-feeling or -seeing)
• Audiobooks and print-to-audio or audio-to-print remediation

Please send a 300-word abstract and short bio to Jennifer Janechek at jennifer-yirinec@uiowa.edu no later than April 1, 2018.

Conference Location: Columbus, OH, United States
Conference Starts: November 08, 2018
Conference Ends: November 11, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: April 01, 2018

For more information, contact: Jennifer Janechek

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