MSA16: Modernism and Found Objects, (6-9 November 2014), Due April 30th

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Modernist Studies Association: MSA16 Pittsburgh

Found objects are a major feature of modernist art, whether the plastic arts or urban narratives. Object-centered considerations of literary modernism vary from the placement of materials within texts (as with the poetry of Marianne Moore) to the detournement of objects by the later avant-gardes (such as the Situationists) What does the modernist fascination with mundane objects tell us about the affect of the collector, or the artist, or modernist affect more generally? What does the representation of lost and found objects, souvenirs, curios, and window displays disclose about modernism? What do these narratives suggest about the perceived role of the modern metropolis in reproducing capitalism? This panel invites papers discussing the practice and aesthetic uses of the found object in the city. Papers that seek to elaborate on modernist theories regarding the collector and collecting are also welcome.

Please send abstracts of no more than 400 words and a short CV to Barry J. Faulk ( and Adam R. McKee ( by April 30th.