Festivity and its Malcontents

full name / name of organization: 
Drago Momcilovic
contact email: 
dmomcilo@wisc.edu

This special session at the 2011 M/MLA in St. Louis invites papers that explore the multitude of functions, forms, enactments, and critiques of festivity and the festive spirit in 20th- and 21st-century world literature, the arts, mass media and new media. Topics of particular interest include festivity in relation to hospitality, cosmopolitanism, and community; the appropriation of holidays, observances and practices of the ancient and medieval worlds by contemporary writers; festive forms and modes, including the carnival, procession, life cycle ritual, banquet, spectacle, tribute, impersonation, ethnography, satire, commemoration, tourist attraction, and epic song; festivity and cultural identity; festivity and performative or narrative innovation in modernist, post-modern and digital aesthetics; incarnations and transgressions of individual, political and social bodies and orders by the festive; the ethics of festivity in the shadows of disaster; and the consumption of festivity in relation to modes of textual engagement, taste, pleasure, escape, addiction, excess, delusion, intoxication, and illness. Send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Drago Momcilovic at dmomcilo@wisc.edu by April 30, 2011.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
general_announcements
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
modernist studies
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
theatre
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond