MSA 11: Speaking of New York
Speaking of New York
This panel hopes to explore the relationship between modern city space and modernist form, using New York City as a test case. I invite scholars in all disciplines to consider how changes in the built environment and population of New York City inflect the experimentation of early twentieth-century writers and artists from the naturalists to the New York School. What formal strategies allow writers in this period to represent urban modernity? Do different city spaces inspire different genres? How do experiences of city life such as noise, heteroglossia, and simultaneity make their way into modernist texts? What formal strategies are suggested by this increasingly dense, diverse, and mechanized space? What does modernism look like in the boroughs and how does it compare to the modernism of Manhattan? How does the exile represent New York differently from the migrant or the life-long resident? Interdisciplinary and transnational approaches are particularly welcome.
Please send a 300-word abstract and a 2-3 sentence scholarly biography to Sunny Stalter, Assistant Professor, Auburn University (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 4, 2009.