CFP: Listening to Modernism (4/30/06, MSA, 10/19/06-10/22/06)

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Modernist Studies Association 8
Tulsa, Oklahoma: October 19-22, 2006


Proposed Panel: Listening to Modernism


Is listening indeed relegated to epistemological margins, part of "no =
acknowledged discipline" as Barthes observed?* Or might Barthes' =
phrasing reflect how much more easily literary critical frameworks can =
be adapted to visual, versus acoustic, objects? In contrast to the great =
amount of work on visuality in modernism, few have addressed the meaning =
of hearing and listening in modernist prose. By examining =
representations of phenomenal sounds, this proposed panel aims to =
explore, in acoustic terms, alternatives to familiar, visually-anchored, =
models of modernist experience and perception. Papers that could =
complement recent work on sound in Ellison, Woolf, Joyce, Proust and =
Beckett are especially welcome. Please send a 300-500 word abstract and =
short cv to Katherine Anderson by April 30 at


* R. Barthes, "Listening." _The Responsibility of Forms_. Trans. R. =
Howard. NY: Hill & Wang, 1985. 260.

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