In 2007, the Modernist Studies Association was officially approved as an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association, and became thereby eligible to sponsor two sessions at the annual MLA Convention. The MLA requires all presenters to be active members of the Modern Language Association. The MSA invites, but does not require, all presenters to join the Society.
Session 285: Modernism and Theory
Friday, 6 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 604, WSCC
Arranged by Mark Morrisson
Presiding: Pamela L. Caughie, Loyola Univ., Chicago
Speakers: Enda Duffy, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Vassiliki Kolocotroni, Univ. of Glasgow; Janet W. Lyon, Penn State Univ., University Park; Jean-Michel Rabaté, Univ. of Pennsylvania
This roundtable addresses the elision of theory in the new modernist studies. Recent scholarship on new manuscripts, new global and temporal dimensions of modernism, and new material and cultural forms raises theoretical questions of the kind that gave rise to the new modernist studies in the 1990s. This roundtable seeks to synthesize, through theoretically informed inquiries, the diverse understandings that the recent expansion of modernism has generated.