Complicity (ACLA, Toronto, 4/4/13–4/7/13; deadline: 11/1/12

full name / name of organization: 
Joshua Kotin, Princeton University / V. Joshua Adams, University of Chicago
contact email: 
jkotin@princeton.edu

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ACLA 2013, April 4–7, 2013, Toronto

Seminar: COMPLICITY

Organizers: V. Joshua Adams (University of Chicago), Joshua Kotin (Princeton University)

Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2012

Submit proposals through the ACLA: http://acla.org/submit/index.php

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COMPLICITY

In _Modernism as a Philosophical Problem_, Robert Pippin identifies “bourgeois self-hatred” as a defining feature of modernism:

“High culture or art culture or academic culture over the last two hundred years or so is so fiercely ‘reactive’ and so negative that it would not be too much of an exaggeration to designate the problem as a kind of widespread ‘bourgeois self-hatred.’”

One might consider “bourgeois self-hatred” as a symptom of, or a reaction to, a deeper problem: complicity in state and normative power. This seminar asks how writers counter or moderate their complicity in various forms of oppression -- chauvinism, militarism, colonialism, totalitarianism, capitalism? How do concerns about complicity affect style? Coterie formation? What is the relation between anxieties about complicity and liberalism? How do language politics in Québec or India (to name two examples) illuminate the problem of complicity? How have Adorno and Bourdieu come to define the problem of complicity for literary studies? Are there alternative critical frameworks? Are modernist or contemporary responses to complicity distinct from earlier responses?

As these questions make clear, we welcome papers on any aspect of the problem of complicity in modern literature. We hope papers will address specific instances of how writers mediate their involvement in state and normative power, and how their writing speaks to larger problems in literary history and literary theory.

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Questions? Please write jkotin@princeton.edu or joshua@uchicago.edu

Submit proposals through the ACLA: http://acla.org/submit/index.php

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
science_and_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond