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Special issue of Canadian Literature

Old Left, New Modernisms

Guest editor: Dean Irvine, Dalhousie University

By bringing together a multidisciplinary cast of scholars who work at the intersection of leftist and modernist studies, this special issue of Canadian Literature will negotiate between competing cultural discourses, allowing their coextensive narratives to engage in dialectical exchange and reanimating debates between leftists and modernists of the early to mid-twentieth century. This dialectical approach seeks to address the conjunctures and contradictions of modernist and leftist cultural formations in interwar, wartime, and Cold War Canada, a dialectic that recognizes the anti-modernism and social-political radicalism of the old left as mediating discourses in the formation of modernist aesthetic practices. Whatever the storied antagonisms between modernists and leftists, and however distorted the retellings by critics and historians of the late twentieth century, new scholarship on literature, theatre, and visual art in early to mid-twentieth-century Canada has shifted over the past decade toward more complex conceptions of the leftist social and political orientations of modernist cultural production.

Contributors to this special issue are invited to submit papers that address a wide dispersion of disciplinary and interdisciplinary interests related to modernisms in Canadian literature. Essays are welcome on the relationship between modernisms in Canadian literature and the social, political, economic, intellectual, and cultural histories of the left. Of particular interest are essays that address, but are not limited to, the following topics in the context of modernist literatures in Canada:

Modernisms and Modernities

Conference Location: Vancouver, Canada
Conference Starts: June 01, 2010
Conference Ends: June 01, 2010

CFP Submission Deadline: June 01, 2010

For more information, contact: Dean Irvine