Modernism and the Weather: MSA 14, Las Vegas, Oct. 18-21

full name / name of organization: 
Louise Hornby/UCLA
contact email: 
lhornby@humnet.ucla.edu

This panel invites papers that address the significance of the weather in modernist works (literature, film, visual art). How does the weather become a particularly modernist concern? What are the stakes of weather prediction, anticipated in the early part of the twentieth century? How are meteorological events forecast, observed, described, and interpreted? How might weather structure coordinates of knowledge and time? How does the weather negotiate the terrain of the ordinary and the spectacular? Submissions to this interdisciplinary panel might address (but are by no means limited to) the ways in which modernist works renegotiate the pathetic fallacy; the relationship between weather and affect; good weather and bad; the effects of weather; the instability of climate; the politics of weather and empire; the intersections of modernist studies and ecocriticism; the relationship of weather and medium.
Please send an abstract of 300 words to Louise Hornby (lhornby@humnet.ucla.edu) by April 1st, 2012. Include your name, paper title, institutional affiliation and position, contact information, and a 2-3 sentence scholarly bio.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
film_and_television
interdisciplinary
modernist studies
postcolonial
science_and_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond