CFP: Classical Sound Film and Cultures of Modernism (deadline April 24) (MSA 12; Nov 11-14, 2010)

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Sara Bryant, University of Virginia
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CFP: Modernist Studies Association 2010
MSA 12: Modernist Networks; Victoria, BC, Canada; Nov. 11-14, 2010

Classical Sound Film and Cultures of Modernism

This proposed panel for MSA 12 will consider classical sound film, or the "talkies," within literary, artistic, and cultural contexts of modernism/modernity. While many influential studies within the field of modernism have explored the transition to sound film, the positioning and influence of fully transitioned sound film within 1930s and 1940s cultures of modernism have yet to be considered more comprehensively. Proposed papers should have a significant focus on what comes _after_ the coming of sound film, but revisitations of the shift from silent to sound film can certainly be addressed.

Possible topics might include:
—Sound and the public sphere.
—Automata and the talkies.
—Literary and artistic engagement with sound film experience.
—Transnationalism and the talkies.
—Networks of social connection between classical Hollywood cinema and literary/artistic modernism.
—Hollywood studio consolidation, capitalism, and the role of the artist.
—Sound and film technology, e.g. recording, reproduction, and transmission; technologies of perception; discourse networks.
—Censorship and production codes; sound and obscenity.
—Connections between individual films or oeuvres and contemporaneous socio/cultural discourse.

Abstracts by April 24th; Sara Bryant ( The completed panel will be submitted for consideration by the MSA.