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Due to a late withdrawal, we are seeking one or two additional speakers for the scheduled roundtable \\\"Make it New Now: Teaching Modernism with and through Contemporary Literature\\\":

At the centenary of modernism’s annus mirabilis, this roundtable will assess how literary modernism is now situated and taught in relation to the literature of the first two decades of the twenty-first century. As English departments shrink and curricula diversify, modernism is increasingly likely to occupy a compressed space within syllabi spanning a long twentieth century. Do we continue to position modernism as radically generative, the enduring point of reference for formal and stylistic experimentation? Or are modernist works more productively linked to the contemporary by topical issues? Can teaching modernism with and through contemporary literature advance the principles of the new modernist studies, or does modernism in the long view lose specificity and diversity? How might approaches to modernism’s new be enriched by deeper engagement with our own now? How might pedagogical imperatives contribute to emerging models of meta- or neo-modernism? Speakers will address particular challenges and strategies for teaching modernism with and through contemporary literature and culture. Grounding statements in specific texts and classroom practices, they may address, for example, pairings or groupings of texts and/or the uses of fictional, biographical, and filmic engagements with modernism; they may also address pedagogical methods and curricular contexts. The aim is to establish some points of departure for a broader, audience-inclusive discussion about the teaching of modernism today.

Please send 200-250 word proposals to by 8:00 a.m. CST on Monday, September 12. Note that roundtable presentations are to be no more than 10 minutes.

Please also note that MSA program regulations stipulate that you may present on one panel or one roundtable, but not both:

You may participate only once in each of the following categories:
-Seminar, either as leader or as participant
-Panel or roundtable, as participant (you may also chair a different panel or roundtable)
-Digital exhibit
-Workshop, as leader (you may participate in multiple workshops)
-\\\"What Are You Reading?\\\" session

See full conference details here:

Conference Location: Portland, USA
Conference Starts: October 27, 2022
Conference Ends: October 30, 2022

CFP Submission Deadline: September 16, 2022

For more information, contact: Ella Ophir