Irish Studies at Rocky Mountain MLA

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Rocky Mountain MLA
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Conference. Rocky Mountain MLA, October 7-10 2020, Millennium Harvest Hotel, Boulder, CO

Irish Studies. Marshall Johnson, English Dept./0098, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557; marshalljohnson@unr.edu.

First-Ever Irish Studies Panel at RMMLA!

This year's theme: Borders

Ireland has spent the last century using literature and the arts to recreate notions of self and home over which the island has historically had little control. In the early 20th century, Irish writers found themselves at the center of the artistic revolution that was modernism. Innovation and experimentation in writing lent themselves to forms of artistic expression aimed at constructing new senses of self and home, unlike the deconstructive work of British and American modernists bent on criticizing traditions and institutions they found stifling. In the 21st century, Ireland now finds itself at the center of a new battle regarding national sovereignty, yet again largely a battle of a former colonizer's making. As Brexit and the rise of nationalism begin their ripple effects around the globe, the identity of an island already fractured throughout the last century as a result of colonialism once again finds itself facing renewed struggles regarding notions of self and home.

Possible topics can include:

  • comparisons of modernist and contemporay literature or other arts;
  • cultural/literary analyses of divisions between the North and the Republic;
  • Impact of Brexit in Irish culture, literature, and art;
  • Applications of recent developments in critical theory to Irish literature and the arts;

Or any other topics you see as fit. As this will be the first Irish Studies panel at this particular conference, I particularly encourage graduate students to attend. 

Please send titles and abstracts of 250 words or less to marshalljohnson@unr.edu by March 31st, 2020.