Mina Loy across the Arts (Seminar), ESSE 10 Conference, Turin, Italy, 24-28 August 2010

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Laura Scuriatti (ECLA, Berlin, Germany) and Esther SÁNCHEZ-PARDO (Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain)
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The British poet and painter Mina Loy (1882-1966) lived in Italy, France, Germany and the United States, taking part in or conversing with Futurism, Surrealism, New York dada, and engaging in productive aesthetic dialogue with Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, Marcel Duchamp, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Mabel Dodge, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Loy's poetry and visual production call for an interdisciplinary approach which may account for the multiple cultural forces encroaching on her work and enabling its complexity to emerge.

The aim of this seminar is to generate a dialogue among scholars approaching her legacy from different angles and disciplines in an effort to examine anew the relations between the European and the American avant-gardes with Loy's leading role as a major inspiring force. In particular, the convenors are interested in papers which, through the investigation of Loy's aesthetic practices within the broader Transatlantic modernist arena and the critical discourse prompted by the "rediscovery" of her work, may also reflect on issues of literary interpretation, literary genres, canonization, interdisciplinarity, gender theory, critical theory, as well as on the larger political and critical implications of specific versions of Modernism.

At ESSE 10 each seminar is allocated a two-hour session allowing for a maximum of 5 papers (we have, however, the possibility of applying for a double session, depending on the number of papers accepted). Authors are expected to give an oral presentation of maximum 15 minutes, rather than reading their papers aloud. Reduced versions of the papers will be circulated amongst the seminar participants in advance of the conference so as to facilitate the discussion amongst the participants and the audience. Discussion and debate are considered as fundamental parts of the seminar session. For information about the programme of the conference, accommodation and other practicalities, please check the ESSE 10 website at: http://www.unito.it/esse2010/home/index.php?contenuto=home
Please submit your paper proposal (max. 250 words) to the convenors (please see below for email addresses) no later than 31 January 2010. We will communicate the acceptance of the proposals before 28 February 2010.
Prof. Esther SÁNCHEZ-PARDO (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain) esanchez_pardo@filol.ucm.es
Dr. Laura SCURIATTI (European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin, Germany)