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Languages of Class, Commodification and Crisis: Economic Fictions in the Modern Novel

Panel Proposal for the 11th Modernist Studies Association Conference

As Georg Lukacs, Fredric Jameson and others have demonstrated, the novel is fundamentally implicated in the rise of industrial capitalism and bourgeois culture. Building upon this premise, we would like to explore connections among the form and subject matter of the modern novel and the functioning of the modern economy. We are particularly interested in the novel's capacity to stage economic crises and contradictions. Papers might focus on

--interactions among the languages of economics, nationalism and the novel
--connections between representational and financial crises
--economic fictions (both in the novel and in the monetary system)
--the interplay of monetary and other semiotic systems
--realism and Marxist criticism
--class struggle and the novel form
--fictional narratives and the commodity form
--the novel as economic allegory


Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief biographical statement to David Huntsperger (dhuntsperger@ltu.edu) by April 30th, 2009.

David Huntsperger
Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication
Lawrence Technological University
dhuntsperger@ltu.edu


Conference Location: Montreal, Canada
Conference Starts: November 05, 2009
Conference Ends: November 08, 2009

CFP Submission Deadline: April 30, 2009

For more information, contact: David Huntsperger

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