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Call for Papers: ??What is the Scale of the Literary Object??
Prospective cluster for the Modernism/modernity Print Plus platform
Edited by Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Proposed titles/abstracts: Sept 30, 2016
Brief essays due: Feb 28, 2017

This cluster of brief essays will explore scalar questions related to the size and quantity of the literary object. How big is the literary object? How many objects is the literary object? Scholars have asked how new geographies (the region, the nation, the planet, the ocean, etc.) transform the archive and methods of modernist studies. This cluster proposes to bracket ongoing questions about territorial scale in order to focus on questions about the scale of the work.
How do the aims of our research change when we deal with very large or very small amounts of data, or when we move across categories of data (media, language, formats, editions, paratexts, institutions, etc.) that multiply or disperse the objects we consider?

What kinds of research questions can be asked, or animated, if we change the size and quantity of the literary object?

Of course, thinking about size and quantity may lead back to thinking about geography and political collectivity, but the idea for this cluster is to give priority to a conversation about how we count, and how we constitute, the work.

Essays for this peer-reviewed cluster should feel free to tackle the eponymous question creatively, narrowly, speculatively, or tendentiously. Please send titles and abstracts for proposed essays to Rebecca Walkowitz ( by September 30, 2016. Authors are welcome to write sooner with prospective topics or queries. In October, 6-8 contributions will be chosen, based on the abstracts and selecting for breadth as well as impact. Essays (2000-3000 words max.) will be due February 28, 2017. The cluster will then be sent out for peer-review through the usual Modernism/modernity process.

Conference Location: n/a, n/a
Conference Starts: August 10, 2016
Conference Ends: September 30, 2016

CFP Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016

For more information, contact: Rebecca Walkowitz