The Concept of Late Modernism (MSA 16)

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The Concept of Late Modernism

MSA 16 - Confluence and Division
Pittsburgh, PA, USA. November 06-09, 2014
Submission Deadline: May 02, 2014

Periodization provides one of modernism's most turbulent sites of confluence and division. In recent years, critical interest in periodizing modernism has been particularly attentive to the idea of a "late modernism" in literary studies. Because the methods and topics by which this act of division continue to differ, this panel offers a platform for articulating the plurality of approaches to this emerging concept, as well as a venue for considering the merits and risks of introducing an intermediary term in twentieth-century literary history. Possible topics include the chronological limits of late modernism, and the punctual importance of the Depression or World War II to modernist histories; individual authors whose works constitute an important signal of late modernism; the developing relation between American and English modernisms; Jameson's definition of late modernism as the emergence of an "aesthetic ideology of modernism" and the institutional reception of modernism; returning to and rethinking the postmodernism debates. Please send a 250-word abstract and CV to Ian Afflerbach at by May 2.