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This CFP is for a proposed panel at MSA19 in Amsterdam, August 10-13, 2017.

The Modernist Body Beyond the Brain

Modernist literature is often characterized as going beyond conscious experience, but in general that has meant going into deep, irrational or unconscious forms of mentality. Recent theories of new materialism and animal studies point to something else outside consciousness: the body and its involvement in biological and ecological systems. So this panel seeks papers exploring how modernist works include a sense of the human body having its own ways of moving and functioning beyond control of the brain. Papers are welcome on modernist representations of humans as biological or ecological systems, or of humans as animals, or of body parts functioning beyond or without the control of the brain.

If you would like to join this panel, please send by January 4, 2017 a 250-word abstract and a brief bio to Michael Tratner at
Feel free to contact Michael with any questions in advance of the deadline.

Conference Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conference Starts: August 10, 2017
Conference Ends: August 13, 2017

CFP Submission Deadline: January 04, 2017

For more information, contact: Michael Tratner