[UPDATE] Reminder/CFP: The Dandy After Wilde (NeMLA 2013; deadline for abstracts 9/30/12)

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CFP: The Dandy After Wilde (NeMLA 2013; abstracts due 9/30/12)

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

This conference panel, The Dandy After Wilde, investigates how the fluid cultural tropes of dandyism can be understood within a complex latticework of gendered, racialized, sexual, and national identities. Recent work (that is, since 2000) by Susan Fillin-Yeh, Miranda Gill, and Monica Miller have done much to focus attention on what Miller terms "alternative dandyism" -- conceptions of the dandy beyond its classic Brummellian tropes. This significant reappraisal of the dandy, in combination with a popular, internet-fueled sartorial advocacy for dress and consumption under the monicker of dandyism, make further exploration of these cultural paradigms even more trenchant.

Writers and critics as varied Charles Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin, Cyril Connolly and Albert Camus, have been drawn to the dandy as idealized literary and cultural type. The twentieth-century suggested significant revisions to the dandy's paradigms; for example, after the prosecution of Oscar Wilde, as Alan Sinfeld notes, the dandy became inextricably linked to gay male sexuality. Further developments in both the political and consumer realm, particularly for Western democracies, challenge both the status of the dandy as type as well as its concomitant attractions.

This panel encourages critical considerations of the problematization of dandyism and reexaminations of dandical representations dating after 1900, the year of Wilde's death. While submissions of all kinds are invited, of special interest are papers that acknowledge the demands that modernist and post-modernist culture place upon this paradigm, as well as projects that consider dandyism from multi-cultural or transnational perspectives.

Send 250-word abstract to Bill Harrison, harrison@geneseo.edu. Subject line: NeMLA 2013.

Deadline: September 30, 2012
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The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html