CFP: Solitary Spectacles: (MSA: Las Vegas, Oct. 18-21, 2012). Submissions due March 23.

full name / name of organization: 
Kerry Higgins Wendt/ Modernist Studies Association
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Solitary Spectacles

Proposed Panel for the Modernist Studies Association's 14th Conference, "Modernism and Spectacle," October 18-21, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Modernist writers experimented to find both the essence and the furthest limits of their genres, as well as how their genres intersected with each other and with the other arts. This panel will investigate how modernist writers used spectacle within genres that normally don't lend themselves to spectacle: in what ways, to what ends, and to what effects did Modernist writers use spectacle (theatrical, painterly, or musical means) in their novels and poems – in works understood to be usually read silently and solitarily?

Please send an abstract of about 300 words to by March 23, 2012. Include your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, contact information, a 2-3 sentence scholarly biography, and any requests for AV.

Please note that this is a proposed panel; accepted papers will be proposed as part of a panel to the MSA.