Modernist Waste Streams (MSA 16 Pittsburg Nov. 6-9)

full name / name of organization: 
Alexander McKee / University of Delaware
contact email: 
abmckee@udel.edu

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines a "waste stream" as "The total flow of solid waste from homes, businesses, institutions, and manufacturing plants that is recycled, burned, or disposed of in landfills, or segments thereof such as the 'residential waste stream' or the 'recyclable waste stream.'" This panel deploys this term to address the relationship between production, consumption, and waste that existed at the start of the twentieth century. It invites papers from all disciplines that examine modernist attitudes toward waste and abundance. Possible topics include depictions of waste in Eliot, Joyce, Beckett, etc.; the recycling of waste in Cubist collages and Surrealist objets trouvés; and representations of the monumental waste that is associated with modern warfare. Please send a 250-word abstract and brief professional bio (2-3 sentences) to Alexander McKee at abmckee@udel.edu by May 2.

*This CFP is for a proposed panel for the Modernist Studies Association Conference to be held in Pittsburgh on November 6-9.

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ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
general_announcements
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
modernist studies
science_and_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond