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Modernism and Talk

Talk is a useful but under-theorized category for investigating what Michael North describes as modernism's "€œinsurrectionary opposition to the known and familiar in language."€ Perhaps its most recognizable mode within the academy is gossip, but other forms of talk--€”chatter, banter, prattle, chit-chat, and dialect--not only structure dialogue within the novel but also comprise an important site of North's "€œscene of the modern."

This panel proposes to explore talk and enduring critical concerns of modernist literary and cultural studies. How, for example, does modernism's entanglements with various standards extend to the verbal? In what ways can talk inform our discussion of subjectivity and/or alienation? What work is made possible by approaching celebrity culture through gossip? How did various technologies affect verbal communication, and, in turn, how were media advancements informed by preexisting talk protocols? Is "talk"€ a useful category within global modernism? How does talk further disrupt oppositional critical framings such as elite/mass culture, serious/trivial, and high/middlebrow?

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a short bio to Krista Daniel (kzd0008@uw.edu) by 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: Krista Daniel

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