MSA October 2012: Modernist Multilingualism

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Maria Kager, Rutgers Universty
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Modernist Multilingualism

MSA Conference October 18-21 2012, Las Vegas, NV
Maria Kager, Rutgers University

Literary multilingualism has an ancient and continuous history, yet it experiences an indisputable climax in Modernist fiction. The multilingual explosion of Joyce's Finnegans Wake, the incessant back and forth between English and French of Beckett's writings, and the covert but constant presence of Yiddish and Hebrew in Kafka are but a few examples of multilingual occurrences in some of Modernism's most prominent authors.

This panel aims to discuss the aesthetic elements and political implications of Modernist multilingualism as well as specific examples able to provide relevant models of analysis, and welcomes papers investigating multilingualism as a specific Modernist phenomenon.

Please send detailed abstracts (200-300 words) with contact information and short author bio by March 21 to Maria Kager: