Memory, Modernism and the Country Estate

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Joanna Scutts/Modernist Studies Association 2011 Conference, Buffalo NY October 6-9
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js2430@columbia.edu

We invite submissions for a proposed panel that will examine how modernist writers across a range of geographical locations contain, transmit, and transform personal and national memories within the structure of the country estate (broadly defined).

Modernist literature is frequently defined and identified by its focus on urban spaces, and their rootless and mobile inhabitants. However, the apparently antithetical spaces of country estates – rooted, rural, and trapped in the past – also proved fruitful imaginative locales for modernist literary experiment, especially (though not exclusively) by women writers. These sites richly demonstrate the importance of memory in modernism – how an era vocally concerned with innovation so often seems weighed down by its past and haunted by its ghosts.

Please send 300-word abstracts and a brief bio or CV to Joanna Scutts (js2430@columbia.edu) by April 9 2011.

cfp categories: 
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
modernist studies
postcolonial
twentieth_century_and_beyond