A Fighting Modernism: Canadian Literature and War (deadline: April 25, 2010)
This proposed Modernist Studies Association 2010 panel seeks to explore modernist articulations within Canadian war literature in order to map connections between the country's participation in international conflict and its literature's place in the field of transnational modernism. Does Canadian modernism develop, as some critics have argued, out of the country's participation in the First World War? How do Canadian texts about war employ, question, or contest modernist aesthetics? How do representations of war change throughout modernism's tenure? Papers might address how Canada's decolonization and growing independence from England affects literary representations. In contrast, papers might also address the decisions of individual citizens to enlist independently and against the wishes of their government, as in the Spanish Civil War. Papers that respond to the conference theme of "modernist networks" are particularly welcome.
Please send a 300-word abstract and a short biographical statement to Bart Vautour (bart_at_dal.ca) and Emily Robins Sharpe (sharpe_at_psu.edu) by April 25.
MSA 2010 takes place November 11-14, 2010, in Victoria, Canada.