MSA 2018: Lexigraphic Modernisms

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March 30, 2018
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Lexigraphic Modernisms

What role does the lexigraphic (lexi-: word, speaking, speech + -graph: to write, scratch, scrape, or graze) have in modernist studies? How does a single concept, problematic, or controlling image scratch or scrape accepted approaches to modernism or particular figures? How might single-term studies address misreadings, misconceptions, blindnesses, or "wrong turns" in approaches to modernism, or conversely, how might these controlling terms limit our approaches? What and/or who composes the keywords of modernism? Panelists may consider single terms as a general approach to modernism in light of Melba Cuddy-Keane, Adam Hammond, and Alexandra Peat's Modernism: Keywords (2014), or specific terms themselves such as Justus Nieland's "publicity," Judith Brown's "glamour," Laura Frost's "pleasure," or commonly-accepted foundational terms of modernism such as shock, cosmopolitanism, newness, or difficulty.

Papers addressing underrepresented figures in modernism are especially welcome.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and short bio to Kara Watts ( by March 30, 2018.

Conference Location: Columbus, Ohio, US
Conference Starts: November 08, 2018
Conference Ends: November 11, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: March 30, 2018