CFP: Modernism and Rural Geographies (5/4/07; MSA, 11/1/07-11/4/07)

full name / name of organization: 
botshon_at_maine.edu
contact email: 
botshon@maine.edu

MODERNIST STUDIES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

GEOGRAPHIES OF VISUAL AND LITERARY CULTURES
http://www.usc.edu/msa9
1-4 November 2007
Long Beach, California

Panel call for papers:

BACK TO THE LAND: MODERNISM AND RURAL GEOGRAPHIES

If one of modernism?s central ambivalences is about cosmopolitanism
and urbanism, then how do we view the modern rural? Historically, of
course, the early 20th century saw populations flocking to cities,
leaving rural communities culturally, economically and politically
impoverished. Arguably, the modern coincided with the moment that the
rural became primitivized, a space ?to be interpreted, protected, and
possessed,? as Rebecca Kneale Gould asserts.

We seek papers that explore any aspect of the rural as subaltern
during the modernist era. Possible topics include but are not limited
to:

Texts or images related to the early 20th century back-to-the-land movement
The primitivization of rural geographies in literature, art, or film
The urban modernist?s ?nature craze?
Gender or race in relation to agricultural life
The lives, representation or significance of domestic animals or plants
Farmland and economic development in relation to imperialism
Local rural traditions and possible oppositional value in
modernist/imperial context

One-page abstracts and brief c.v.s by May 4th to Lisa Botshon
botshon_at_maine.edu

Lisa Botshon
Associate Professor of English
University of Maine at Augusta
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 621-3473

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cfp categories: 
twentieth_century_and_beyond