1914/2014: Experimentalism Then and Now

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Hosted by the Yale English Department 20/21 Colloquium and the American Literature Association’s Society for Contemporary Literature
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justin.neuman@yale.edu

1914/2014: Experimentalism Then and Now
Hosted by the Yale English Department 20/21 Colloquium
And the American Literature Association’s Society for Contemporary Literature

March 6, 2014
Linsly-Chittenden Hall – Yale University – New Haven, CT

10:00-12:00 Colloquium I.
12:00-1:00 Catered Lunch
2:00-3:00 Plenary Lecture
3:00-5:00 Colloquium II.

The Yale University 20/21 Colloquium and the Society for Contemporary Literature invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at a one-day symposium addressing the theme “1914/2014: Experimentalism then and Now.” 2014 marks the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities in the Great War, offering an opportunity to look back on the pivotal year of 1914, when the Gilded Age tripped into the trenches. A hundred years after the publication of James Joyce's Dubliners, Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, Stein's Tender Buttons, Sigmund Freud's The Wolfman, and the first issues of Blast, The Little Review, and The New Republic, this symposium seeks fresh readings of modernist classics and invites speculation about the new directions of experimentalism in literature today.

A one-day symposium at Yale University – under the aegis of the Yale University 20/21 Colloquium and the Society for Contemporary Literature – “1914/2014: Experimentalism Then and Now” aims to showcase new research and promote interactions between scholars and researchers at various stages of their careers. The organizers invite papers presenting on a range of topics including:

• The meanings and uses of “experiment”
• Experimental readings of canonical texts
• Multimodal literature and experimental media
• The relationship between experimentalism and empiricism
• The political implications and limitations of experimentalism
• Experimental belatedness
• The question and criteria of contemporaneity
• Experimentalism and the aesthetics of difficulty
• The newness of “new” media
• The relation of experiment to the postmodern, postcolonial, postnational
• The gender or queerness of experimentalism

Prospective participants are invited to send 300-word abstracts and one-paragraph bio statements to Justin Neuman via email with the subject line “Experimentalism Then and Now” by February 1, 2013. Limited space is also available for observer-attendees; those interested in attending are invited to send an email request to Jessica Matuozzi via email
with the subject line “I would like to attend the Experimentalism Seminar” and a brief statement of interest.

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american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
graduate_conferences
modernist studies
popular_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond