CFP: [Gender Studies] Experimental Modernism and Queer Authorship (5/2/08; MSA X, 11/13/08-11/16/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Daniel Tracy
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Paper abstracts are sought for a panel to be proposed for the Modernist
Studies Association conference in Nashville, 11/13-11/16.

This panel looks to consider the range of ways that writing by queers
(figured broadly against reproductive heteronormativity, rather than as
homosexuality exclusively) engage with the question of literary
experimentation in the first half of the twentieth century. Most directly,
in the terms of the panel's title, how do conflicts over aesthetic and
sexual norms imbricate in writers' negotiations of authorial personas? To
what extent is experimental modernism, in its resistance to formal norms, a
necessarily queer project? What are the limits of this conceptual overlap?
 When do queers find formal experimentation useful, and why might they find
themselves resisting aesthetic modernism for more traditional or popular

Please send a one page abstract and brief scholarly bio (2-3 sentences) to
Daniel Tracy ( by May 2, 2008.

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