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The emergence of hybridity as a modernist ideal
The polyphonic text of Pound or Joyce claims to speak to universal accessibility on the aesthetic and musical levels, something old but newly transformative. A more difficult construct of hybridity might be the mestizaje of Nicolás Guillén or Lydia Cabrera and cognate blends of Africanicity with the aesthetic norms of mainstream society. These waters are in my view troubled by emergent nationalisms. Perhaps neither purity nor hybridity are ideal or counterpoised constructs. Does hybridity resolve issues of witness in the context of impossible silence? Can an emergent national culture spring from hybrid roots? Powerful macaronic texts may provide evidence of new forms of receptivity or serve only as evidence of obscurantism? This panel will both explore and challenge norms of hybridity and the role hybridity now plays as a way of composition underwritten by profound humanistic norms. Or not?

Conference Location: Boston, USA
Conference Starts: November 19, 2015
Conference Ends: November 22, 2015

CFP Submission Deadline: March 23, 2015

For more information, contact: Don Wellman