CFP: History and Materialist Mythology (4/15/07; SAMLA, 11/9/07-11/11/07)

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Daniel Shea
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
November 9-11, 2007
Renaissance Hotel Downtown, Atlanta

English V-Modern British: History and Materialist Mythology

In an effort to navigate the anxieties created by the breakdowns of
historicism and the subjectivity of memory, modernist artists such as
Rilke, Joyce, Yeats and Eliot frequently used myth as an aesthetic
counterweight. Between ordering idealism and liberating materialism, these
artists struggled to respond to the ostensible cultural dissolution
inaugurated by crises of capitalism and imperialism, even as sex, gender,
class, and race—usually suppressed in hegemonic mythologies—formed the
artistic bases of identity. However, Modernism's intersection of mythology
and materialism typically relies upon irony as a structural and
(dis)orienting device, often leading to stasis and paralysis when
materialist concerns failed to live up to mythic standards. On the other
hand, without the mediation of irony, mythic responses to materialist
concerns led to destructive nationalisms and, in particular, National

This panel invites papers exploring how modernist artists reconciled the
irony gap in their appropriations of mythology. How can the "mythical
method" positively resonate with issues such as labor, gender, class,
(dis)ability, or race? Can history be re-imagined, as Walter Benjamin does
in his "Theses on the Philosophy of History"—to shape a materialist
response to the modernist crises?

Potential contributors are invited to submit proposals of up to 250 words to
Daniel Shea at Proposals are due by April 15, 2007.

--Daniel M. Shea, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of EnglishDivision of Arts and LettersMount Saint Mary CollegeNewburgh, NY 12550(845)569-3147 ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Sat Feb 24 2007 - 13:53:41 EST