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Seeking co-panellists for a prospective MSA 2020 panel on \"Modernism\'s everyday intimacies.\"

In an age of social and political upheaval, during which a range of social configurations were deliberately refashioned by a variety of thinkers, writers and organisations, intimate relationships stand to be an illuminating subject of focus. As Lauren Berlant has observed, intimacy signals both to the public and the private, with its “inwardness” being matched by a “corresponding publicness.” As such, relationships which on the surface may seem common and routine—marriages, families and friendships—might equally serve to dramatise wider debates about society and the self.

This panel will propose to explore how portrayals of intimacy play a role in modernist cultural responses to the changing conditions of modernity, examining how this aspect of the modernist social imagination was produced and developed in fiction, drama, poetry or other, non-literary arts.

Paper topics could include, but need not be limited to, studies of domestic space and the home, families, sexuality, conflict, gender and social structures as they come to bear on individual lives.

Please send a short (<300 words) description of your proposed paper to Stephanie Boland at the address below before February 14th, 2019.


Conference Location: Toronto, Canada
Conference Starts: October 17, 2019
Conference Ends: October 20, 2019

CFP Submission Deadline: February 14, 2019

For more information, contact: Stephanie Boland