The Modernist Left

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Chris Robe'/Florida Atlantic University
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An increasing body of archival-based, theoretically-inflected scholarship from literary, cultural, and film historians like Michael Denning, Paula Rabinowitz, Saverio Giovacchini, Alan Wald, and Cary Nelson problematizes previous a-historical and depoliticized canonical definitions of U.S. modernism. In place of a select “high modernist” tradition, which was defined retrospectively in the conservative political climate of the Cold War and epitomized by the works of T.S. Elliot, James Joyce, and William Faulkner, recent scholars argue for the need to identify and theorize modernism’s multivalent strains that stretch across artistic mediums, political ideologies, and geographical locales. This panel is looking for scholars from film, literary, and cultural studies to offer historically-inflected perspectives concerned with exploring modernism’s complex intersections with various Left social movements.

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Modernist Studies Association Conference
Conference Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Conference Starts: November 11, 2010
Conference Ends: November 14, 2010

CFP Submission Deadline: April 25, 2010

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