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CFP: Global Sociality and Modernist Poetics (Modernist Studies Association/MSA 18/17-20 November, Pasadena, CA, USA)

Recently, Anthony Reed has described the "paradigmatic gesture of the lyric mode" as "claiming the solidity of presence through the act of offering it to another." This panel seeks to examine the relation between modernist poetry and sociality in a global frame. Modernist poetry provides a counter-discourse for globalization, one which critiques representations of the global while at the same time creating a repertoire of intersubjectivities, offerings, and alliances. Questions include: How do modernist poems provide a fresh conceptual vocabulary for global solidarity, intersectionality, cohabitaion, or adjacency? How might modernist poetics register affects of colonialism, of "feeling global" (Robbins), or of a world system? How might a global modernist poetics use or revise different versions of network theory? How might we re-read poetic form as illuminating or participating in the histories of collective struggle and the formation of a revolutionary consciousness?

Please send a paper abstract of 250 words and a two-sentence bio to Walt Hunter ( and Siobhan Phillips ( by 1 April.

Conference Location: Pasadena, CA, USA
Conference Starts: November 17, 2016
Conference Ends: November 20, 2016

CFP Submission Deadline: April 01, 2016

For more information, contact: Walt Hunter and Siobhan Phillips