CFP: The Sublime in the Modern World (4/24/07; 11/8/07-11/11/07)

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The Sublime in the Modern World: Too Much, Too Late, or Too Soon?

Midwest Modern Language Association Conference
Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, OH
November 8 - 11, 2007

Abstracts welcomed on all aspects of the Sublime experience in the modern world.

The Sublime experience has a long anxiety of influence in the Western
Tradition. Now, in both the modernist and postmodern traditions, scholars have
associated the Sublime with nihilism, Cold War paranoia, the computer,
television, and even Micky Mouse. But the question remains – is the Sublime
viable in the postmodern world? If Disneyland is indeed Sublime, can the
Sublime be anything but parody and failure? Can our technocracy be Sublime as
it speeds global warming, or is that extent of power the definition of
Sublime? Where do we stand in relationship to this ancient literary ethos?

Please send short abstracts (300-700 words) to by April 24,

Russ Brickey
Purdue University, Department of English
West Lafayette, IN

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