MSA Conference


MLA 2010/11*
The following session was held the MLA Convention in Los Angeles, CA, 2011

January 8, 2011
1:45-3pm, Atrium III, J. W. Marriott
565. Modernism in Motion: Circulation, Reception, Consumption

Sean Latham (Moderator)
Pauline Walter Professor of English and Comparative Literature
University of Tulsa

David Earle
Assistant Professor of English
University of West Florida

Barbara Green
Associate Professor of English
University of Notre Dame

Faye Hammill
Senior Lecturer in English
University of Strathclyde

Gayle Rogers
Assistant Professor of English
University of Pittsburgh

Abstract for MLA Sessions

What happens when the idea of modernism is organized not around solitary genius and the scene of aesthetic production, but instead around diverse and multiform scenes of circulation, reception, and consumption? The members of this roundtable discussion will offer distinct responses to this question grounded in their own methodological approaches and exemplified in a brief reading of a single text or object. They will then be asked to speculate briefly in conversation with one another about how the shift to consumption might transform our increasingly unstable conception of modernism as both an historical periodic and a set of distinctive aesthetic practices. The roundtable will conclude with a colloquy directed by the moderator designed to bring the audience into discussion with the panelists.

*Due to change in conference scheduling, the MLA Convention "skipped" 2010.