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« Dey don’t belong » : Exclusion and integration in American interwar literature. May 13th, 2011.
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Université Rennes 2, France
American society in the aftermath of WWI is distinguished by an effort to define itself resulting from a desire of emancipation from the then prevailing European model. All over the country important transformations took place with industrialization and the growing impact of capitalism or multiple immigration waves. On cultural and artistic grounds, such an incentive can be exemplified by the emergence of new forms. Furthermore, the influence of modernism (epitomized for instance by The Armory Show of 1913), flourishing cultural renaissances in the first half of the 20th century (such as the Chicago Renaissance, the New York Little Renaissance or the Harlem Renaissance), the Little Theatre movement (Washington Square Players, Provincetown Players) and the growth of the Little magazines (Liberator, Dial, Seven Arts, Little Review, Broom), all came to signal a characteristic will to break with established norms and standards. Inside the metropolis, communities were formed beyond the margins of the Establishment. The metropolis can be seen as the locus of the connection between, on the one hand, social and aesthetic divisions, and on the other, signs of exclusion and rejection affecting some communities and which tended to become some of the major concerns of literary productions during the interwar period. In New York for instance, neighborhoods such as Harlem or Greenwich Village, were places of innovation and creation, which provided these artistic, ethnic and cultural communities with an alternative to normative values and gave birth to literary productions dealing with the theme of belonging/exclusion, and aimed at integrating new forms out of preexisting ones.
Please send your proposal (an abstract of 300-400 words together with a short academic CV) to Gwenola Le Bastard (firstname.lastname@example.org), Maëlle Picouleau (email@example.com) and Anthony Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 15th , 2011.
Propositions may be in French or in English.
“Dey don’t belong” The Hairy Ape, Eugene O’Neill, scene 1.