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MSA 2018 (Columbus): (Re)Mapping and (Re)Imagining Fascist Modernisms

(Re)Mapping and (Re)Imagining Fascist Modernisms

As the widespread circulation of works bearing such names as Fables of Aggression: Wyndham Lewis, The Modernist as Fascist (1978); Fascist Modernities (2001); and Modernism and Fascism: The Sense of a Beginning under Mussolini and Hitler (2007) attest, fascism is intimately bound with and to modernism; however, studies of modernism and fascism have often been, like studies of fascism, nationally bounded-engaging with the ways in which fascist modernisms emerge in England or Italy or Germany or France, but often neglecting the discourse and cultural transactions occurring among them.

In Transatlantic Fascism: Ideology, Violence, and the Sacred in Argentina and Italy, 1914-1945 (2010), the historian Frederico Finchelstein recovers the transnational dimensions of fascism, calling upon scholars to consider "fascist ideology a global phenomenon" (10); as he argues, fascism's knowledge production and, ultimately, its greatest crime, the Holocaust, all occur across as well as within national borders. Continuing Finchelstein's project of remapping fascism, this panel asks cultural scholars to engage the cultural imaginary out of which fascist desire emerges not merely within national boundaries but rather to think about their development as they move across them. How do texts crystallize or develop fascist desire across national boundaries? How did texts imagine transnational fascist desire?

This panel is interested in treatments of fascist imaginaries that engage with its literary as well as visual dimensions. Along with considering how fascist culture emerges among and across European nations, this panel welcomes papers on how European fascist culture informs the imaginaries of North and South America and how North and South American culture might have contributed to European fascist culture.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words, along with a brief bio, to sibernst@usc.edu.







Conference Location: Columbus, USA
Conference Starts: November 08, 2018
Conference Ends: November 11, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: April 01, 2018

For more information, contact: Sanders I Bernstein

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