CFP: "Modernism and Public Emotion, Then and Now" – MSA 15 Sussex (Aug. 29-Sep. 1, 2013)

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Julie Taylor (Northumbria) and Richard Cole (Alberta)

This panel for the 2013 Modernist Studies Association Conference explores the historical reception of public emotion in modernist studies and welcomes papers from a wide range of disciplinary and critical perspectives (literature, art, psychoanalysis/affect, political theory). Possible topics of inquiry might include, but are not limited to:

-Public emotion's haunting presence, persistence, or renewed status in reading practices and models of modern subjectivity.
-The politics of public intimacy
-Attachment as a historical process (i.e. nostalgia, sentimentality, optimism)
-Modernist archives of feeling (i.e. guilt, shame, interest, shock, disgust, disinterest, dispassion, impersonality)
-The historicity of emotion
-Gendered approaches to public emotion (then and now)
-Affective modernism and the everyday event
-Modern trauma/traumatic modernisms
-Modernist practices and aesthetics of collective belonging
-The critical legacies and futures of public emotion

Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words, and a brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography by 1 March 2013, to Julie Taylor ( and Richard Cole (