CFP: Reification, Realism and the Contemporary American Novel (4/18/07; M/MLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

full name / name of organization: 
bimbisar irom
contact email: 
bsirom@wisc.edu

49th MIDWEST MLA 2007, OHIO, NOVEMBER 8-11, 2007.

CONFERENCE ON "REVISITING REALISMS."

Papers for a approved panel on REIFICATION, REALISM AND THE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN NOVEL

Please send 250-300 word abstracts by 18 APRIL, 2007 to rpanel2007_at_yahoo.com.

"Reification, Realism and the Contemporary American Novel." This panel is interested in exploring the links between the contemporary American novel, the condition of reified consciousness and realism. Since the raison d’etre of reification is to obfuscate any sense of transcendence and totality, what would be the strategy of the novel then in trying to break through this barrier of reified consciousness? Can a political art be envisioned without invoking totality as a moral norm? What does it even mean to envision a social phenomenon as a total? How might this crucial political task be aligned with “realism” which in Jameson’s words means “an active, curious, experimental, subversive-in a word, scientific-attitude towards social institutions and the material world”? Topics may include- novel and politics, totality, reification, realism as literary genre and critical practice, political art.

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cfp categories: 
twentieth_century_and_beyond