Cacophony and Communication in the Postmodern Novel

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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Postmodern multivocality forefronts various attempts, and failures, to communicate; in the postmodern novel, television, radio, phones, print media, literature, works of art, and even graffiti simultaneously communicate and compete, harmonize and grate, as characters attempt to make meaning and make sense of their worlds. One particular interest is the voice of the artist--how can the artist be understood within this cacophonous landscape? How can anyone? In what ways do these voices challenge the notion of the novel itself? This panel seeks essays that explore these issues of communication within postmodern (or post-postmodern) novels. (Essays specifically about film will also be considered.) By June 14, 2013, please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a brief biography, to Misty L. Jameson, Lander University,