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This panel focuses on the significance of fashion to histories of modernity, and to modernism's engagement with history. In the works of canonical modernists and in the writings of women associated with "middlebrow" and popular literature in the interwar period, fashion functions to represent, negotiate, and problematize the relationship between the past, the present, and the future. Possible questions to be addressed include:

-- How did modernist texts engage with fashion, fashionability, and historical style?

-- In what ways do fashion, clothing, and costume in modernist texts illuminate or complicate notions of literary and historical periodization?

-- What insights can be gained into the presence of the past by exploring the role of fashion in modernism's emphasis on "making it new"?

Of particular interest are papers that engage with the multiple contexts in which fashion circulated in the early twentieth century -- not only in modernist literature, but also in popular periodicals, advertising, design and illustration.

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words and a brief bio to Lise Shapiro Sanders at by January 10, 2017. (Note: This is not a guaranteed session).

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

CFP Submission Deadline: January 10, 2017

For more information, contact: Lise Shapiro Sanders