CFP: Modernism in Contemporary Mainstream Media (MSA 16: Nov. 6-9, 2014)

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Jennifer Nesbitt
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How are modernist cultures, coteries, and spaces re-imagined in contemporary texts (considered broadly)? The modernist period, its arts in particular but also its cultures, has long been an object of fascination and re-staging–-and no less so in recent years, as evidenced by the popularity of Downton Abbey, Boardwalk Empire, and The Great Gatsby (among others). How do these recent reincarnations draw on their predecessors? What does modernism–-its art networks, entertainments, crime, wars, sexuality, scandals, political movements, scientific and technological developments etc.–mean today, as channeled by popular media? What opportunities and problems do adaptations pose for scholars? Approaches from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives welcome.

Submit a 300-word abstract and a 1-page CV to (Jennifer Nesbitt) by April 28, 2014. Inquiries are welcome.

This CFP is for a proposed panel for MSA 16 in Pittsburgh, PA.