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MSA 2019: Toronto

What are the modernisms of 1919? On this centenary of the 1919 Peace Conference, this roundtable seeks to ask our understanding of postwar modernism changes if we put the moment of 1919 at its center. Who are the men and women of 1919, at the center or in the peripheries of the liberal postwar settlement? What are the poetics and the politics particular to this reconstructive moment? How does our notion of the \"postwar\" change if we shift our focus to colonized and semicolonial modernities, to the creation of the vast Mandate territories, to the invasion and occupation of Haiti, to the revolutionary experiments in Münich and Fiume? How does the liberal settlement of 1919 shape modernist notions of human rights, refugee settlement, racial hierarchy, imperial control, sovereignty and debt? How might we integrate the May Fourth Movement in Chinese literary and political modernity into our historical accounts? What are the lasting effects of the upheavals and reconstructions of 1919 for literary modernities inside and outside the precincts of the Great War?

This roundtable seeks position papers, not full papers, that develop an argument about how to situate particular writers, texts, or literary traditions within the literary historiography of 1919, either in relation to particular local and national histories or within a broad world history.

Abstract of 250 words or less to by March 4th 2019.

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

CFP Submission Deadline: March 04, 2019

For more information, contact: Gabriel Hankins