CFP: Writing of the 1930s (10/1/03; journal issue)

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This issue of Working Papers on the Web ( titled The
Thirties Now! will contain an Introduction by the editors (Chris Hopkins and
Mary Grover) which outlines the critical history of the Thirties as a literary
period and field from its formulation during the 1930s until the present. The
issue focusses on how we respond to the writing of the nineteen thirties now.
Scholars of the period are invited to contribute essays responding to one or
more of the following set of related questions:

How might the writing of the thirties fit into longer perspectives? (e.g.
relation to modernity and postmodernity / the whole of the twentieth century?)
What do the patterns of taste or value formed during this period tell us about
the sociology of canon formation? How important was the
'lowbrow/middlebrow/highbrow schema?' How peculiar to the period were these
kinds of cultural classifications (are they extinct in a post-modern culture?)
How is the gendering of authorship at this period affected by the cultural
classifications of the period? How should we historicise the period's
discourses of class and gender, art and politics?
Did thirties writing found any enduring genealogies? Which genres of the period
were most significant? Are some of its writers or writings still neglected?
What might be the reasons for their neglect? Who should be remembered?
How are the thirties being read now? How might they be read differently? Given
the excitements of postmodernism, is it still worth reading and studying
thirties neo-realism? Is the period still important? Has its significance
changed in recent years? How do you teach the thirties now?

Please email abstracts of 500 words to by March 3rd 2003.

Completed essays of 6-7000 words will need to be submitted by September 1st

Chris Hopkins
English Subject Group Leader
Principal Lecturer and Teaching Fellow in English Studies
Sheffield Hallam University
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Address: English, School of Cultural Studies, Collegiate Campus, Sheffield
Hallam University, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK

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