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Approaching modernism as didactic-instructing, catechizing, disciplining-subverts canonical insistence on artistic originality and autonomy. This panel proposes to explore how modernists and their texts engaged in modeling, teaching, directing, overseeing, instructing (intended or otherwise) in relation to readers. How do didactic texts provide a counter-discourse within canonical modernism? How do they discipline readers' subjectivity? To what extent did modernist authors attempt to instruct audiences, and how did readers within the scene of the modern engage in subversive or creative pedagogies for themselves? Are specific texts "didactic" or does one merely read didactically?

Topics may include: intersections with gender, class, race, manners, sexuality, and/or specific genres (e.g. the bildungsroman or kildungsroman, sentimental fiction, self-help, behavioral texts); the middlebrow, highbrow, or lowbrow; circulation and reception of texts, including across boundaries (national, class, gendered, etc.)

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a short bio to Krista Daniel ( by March 25, 2020.

Conference Location: Brooklyn, USA
Conference Starts: October 22, 2020
Conference Ends: October 25, 2020

CFP Submission Deadline: March 25, 2020

For more information, contact: Krista Daniel