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Call For Papers: Irish Modernism and the Global Primitive
Maria McGarrity and Claire Culleton, Eds.
Editors seek contributions to a collection of critical essays that will examine the intersection of Irish Modernism and the global primitive. The conceptualization of Irish modernism, from the 1880s to the present, created primitives both within and beyond Ireland’s immediate borders. Consequently, the question of the primitive, its position within Irish modernism and culture, and the representation of global cultures in Irish modern texts must be examined more fully, since the construction of primitivism functions variously as an idealized nostalgia for the past, as a threat of the foreign, or as a potential representation of difference and connection. With the publication of key texts such as Torgovnick’s Gone Primitive (1990), scholars have probed the methodologies and intersections between modernity and its primitive past, wondering whether alterity resides within the modern inherently, occupies a relational or contingent position, and/or responds to/from afar. While!
recent scholarship has examined the primitive within Irish Renaissance literature, located the markings of Orientalism within Irish culture, or identified the increasing importance of an Irish diasporic imaginary, there remains a striking need to amplify the discussion of Irish modernity’s use of various primitivist rhetorics. We see this volume reframing the primitive within Irish modernity and contributing to critical discussions on any of the following topics within Irish modernism:
Quest for Origins
Time and Retrospect
Contributors should send 2-pg. abstracts and full cv’s to both editors by March 1st, 2006. Decisions will be made by April 1st, and final essays (20 pp.) due by June 15, 2006.
Professor Maria McGarrity Professor Claire A. Culleton
English Department English Department
Long Island University Kent State University
One University Plaza Kent, OH 44242
Brooklyn, NY 11201 cculleto_at_kent.edu
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