CFP: Modernism, Emotion, and Impersonality (4/1/06; MSA 8, 10/19/06-10/22/06)

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Anthony J. Cuda

Call for papers:
Modernist Studies Association 8 (2006)
October 19-22, 2006 Tulsa, Oklahoma

Impersonal Passions

This panel brings together two contested territories of contemporary
scholarship on aesthetic modernism: the reconsideration of impersonality and
the attempt to rethink emotional experience and its role in creativity and

Our panel seeks to gauge the pressure that new readings of impersonality exert
on modern theories of emotion or vice versa. Do modernist considerations of
emotion revise or reify conventional expressivist theories of art and
personality? How do modernist strategies of myth-making, detachment, and
indifference negotiate the urgent, particular emotions associated with
personal, historical, and political experience? We welcome essays that explore
how modernism engages with emotional experience in many varieties, including
its role in artistic creation and reception; its configurations in the
discourses of philosophy, emergent psychologies, or popular culture; and its
implications in terms of politics, ideology, and aesthetics.

In light of the conference's title, "Out of the Archives," we also welcome
essays that address the tension between archival research--which often promises
to shed light the intentions of an authorial self--and the theoretical
implications of such research, which (especially in terms of impersonality)
frequently challenge or resist both intentionality and authority. Please send
brief (150 words) abstracts as soon as possible to Anthony Cuda at Deadline is April 1, but review of proposals begins

Anthony J. Cuda
Visiting Assistant Professor
English Department
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 727-1942

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