Modernisms and the Anthropocene (Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900)
This critical panel or roundtable invites proposals from scholars working at the intersection of modernist and Anthropocene studies. Presentations might engage with the following quandaries and/or themes, as well as unlimited others:
- How does experimentation with literary form in the early twentieth century aid or impair our ability to “imagine the Anthropocene”?
- How are “modernity” and “Anthropocene” describing the same phenomena and/or how are these things different?
- Modernism, as a literary movement, is often accused of being obsessed with human consciousness, agency, and identity to the exclusion of the non-human or the “external.” How might this classification of modernism be complicated or disputed in the frame of the Anthropocene?
- How do we situate early twentieth century literary production in terms of denial and/or awareness of human impact on earth's systems? Similarly, how does a specific text or author contribute to or disrupt the "Great Derangement," Amitav Ghosh's term for the persistent denial of climate change?
- In a given modernist text, how are humans, nonhumans, culture, and nature entangled or rendered as separable?
- How might current environmental science and philosophy revise the canonization of literary modernism (i.e. finding it more or less "ecological" than originally conceived)?
- How is a given writer's engagement with time and space Anthropocenic or not? What can we say about modernist treatment of scale in light of the Anthropocene?
- Climate change, environmental catastrophe, apocalypse
- Intimacy with nonhumans
- Empire and capitalism
- New Materialisms / Feminist Materialisms
- Global modernism
- Naming the Anthropocene
Submit double spaced, titled, 300-word abstracts and a 100-150 word biographical note to Dr. Rebekah Taylor-Wiseman at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1 for consideration. Inquiries welcome.