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The Modernist Studies Association and the Pirandello Society of America invite you to submit paper abstracts for a proposed joint panel at the MLA Convention in Vancouver (January 2015).

We seek papers/presentations that consider the use of labyrinths and puzzling structures/forms in modernist production, focusing both on Pirandello and on his contemporaries in Europe and across the globe.

Some potential questions of interest include (but are not limited to): whether specific modernist writers develop labyrinthine structures to achieve different outcomes (from aporia and confusion to social-political subversion, etc.); how the labyrinth functions within the text (is it disruptive or a source of continuity? Does it involve the reader, the author, the characters, a meta-fictional self-reflection, etc.?); what are the methods by which such puzzling forms are constructed and deployed; how do various types of modernist labyrinths compare with one another within and across boundaries (of geography, language, time, etc.)?

We welcome comparative and interdisciplinary approaches.

Please submit 250-word abstracts by 10 March 2014 to Leonard Diepeveen (Leonard.Diepeveen@Dal.Ca) and Michael Subialka (

Conference Location: Vancouver, Canada
Conference Starts: January 08, 2015
Conference Ends: January 11, 2015

CFP Submission Deadline: March 10, 2014

For more information, contact: Len Diepeveen