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MSA 12: Modernist Faces

Modernists such as Yeats, Eliot, and Pound were known for their theories of personae and masking, but how do we theorize modernism’s conception of the face? This panel will examine the specific challenge the face itself presented to modernist intellectuals, examining more particularly the relationship between “face-making” and its potential erasure, or “de-facement.” Papers addressing the following questions are of particular interest: How might the face, as it seems to guarantee individual distinction and expression, function with a modernist aesthetic invested in individual effacement? To what extent is “face-making,” as Paul de Man suggests, an act of “disfiguration”? How did modernists envision the relation between face and expression, be it visual or vocal? How do modernists engage with physiognomy, as a hermeneutic practice of reading the face?
We invite proposals engaging various disciplines, texts, and methodologies, including studies of portraiture, painting, photography, and film, as well as poetry and prose. Please send a proposal of no more than 200 words an a brief biography of 2-3 sentences by April 25 to Rochelle Rives at rrives@bmcc.cuny.edu.


Conference Location: Victoria, B.C., Canada
Conference Starts: November 11, 2010
Conference Ends: November 14, 2010

CFP Submission Deadline: April 25, 2010

For more information, contact: Rochelle Rives

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