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[UPDATE] The Masks of Modernity: Un/covering Global Modernisms (Proposals due May 15)
full name / name of organization:
Andrew Reynolds & Bonnie Roos
The Masks of Modernity: Un/covering Global Modernisms
Proposal deadline: May 15, 2011.
The success of Modernist studies is attributable in part to its early recognition of its global scope and ambitions. However, despite laudable attempts to engage cultural difference and cultural studies texts within the discipline, a disconnect remains between Northern European/U.S. transatlantic Modernist studies and global modernisms proper—from Hispanic and Brazilian “Modernismos” to Asian Modernisms to African Modernist works. In the history of Modernism/Modernity, for example, only one article has ever addressed the Spanish American modernist tradition. Very few have included examples of Asian or African modernisms. Our proposed collection seeks to develop a conversation about global modernisms in the broadest and most comparative sense.
The theme of masks serves as a common ground for various global modernisms. From Japanese Kabuki masks, African spiritual masks, Mexican pre-Columbian masks, to the masks of Greek Theater, masks have played a prominent role in Modernist literary, cultural, and artistic discourses. We think of masks not only as a search for identity through connection with the past and incorporated into various works of the Modernist period, but also as a universal construct of modern existence, a simulacrum, representing that which we must be to survive, that which we aspire to be in our dreams, or that which we fear we truly are. In this sense, we might understand masks as a metaphor, a façade that serves to reveal, veil, or underscore the “truth,” to describe the tensions and contradictions of Modernism in a given cultural context.
The proposed anthology will be produced in English, and seeks to explore representations of masks in Modernist texts in all of their varieties. Imaginative, interdisciplinary and cultural studies approaches are encouraged. We also ask that your abstract specifically mentions the Modernism studied in your investigation and/or discipline. Please email 300-500-word proposals and a brief biography by May 15 to Andrew Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bonnie Roos, email@example.com. Please forward as appropriate.
Possible topics might include (but are in no way limited to) the following:
• Masks in art, literature, cinema, dance, architecture, cultural studies, etc.