CFP: Realist and Documentary Texts of Interwar Britain (4/16/07; M/MLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

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Rosemary Johnsen
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CFP for the Modern Literature permanent section, at the annual convention of the
Midwest Modern Language Association, Cleveland, Ohio, November 8-11:

"The Long Weekend: Realist and Documentary Texts of Inter-War
Britain." The dominant presentation of inter-war British literature is
indicated by the Longman Anthology's claim that "the quarter century
from 1914 until the start of the war in 1939 is now conventionally
known as the modernist period," and the readings included in the major
literature anthologies are almost exclusively modernist. This focus
ignores the immense popularity of crime fiction, the documentary
impulse of Mass-Observation, film-makers (Humphrey Jennings) and
photographers (Bill Brandt), and many significant non-modernist
writers (among them, Somerset Maugham, E. M. Delafield, Graham Greene,
Patrick Hamilton, and the golden-age crime writers). In the spirit of
Robert Graves and Alan Hodge's *The Long Week-End: A Social History of
Britain 1918-1939*, the Modern Literature section is seeking proposals
for papers that address realist and documentary texts of the period,
including "middlebrow" fiction, film & photography, crime fiction, and
true crime narratives.

Queries or brief abstracts by April 16 to Professor Rosemary Johnsen,
Governors State Univ.,

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