CFP: [Gender Studies] MSA X: Photography, Modernism, Feminism 5/7/08

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Kimberly Lamm
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Photography, Modernism, Feminism
 In her essay "From Clementina to Kasebier: The Photographic Attainment of
the ’Lady Amateur,’” art historian Carol Armstrong argues that
photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Lady Hawarden Clementina, and
Gertrude Kasebier took astute advantage of photography's low place on art's
hierarchical scales to assert themselves as artists. The work of these
women, therefore, indirectly calls attention to the relationship between
photography and the emergence of feminism in the U.S. and Britain in the
nineteenth- and early twentieth- centuries. This panel seeks to bring
modernist literature composed by women into the relationship between
transatlantic feminism and photographic practice. We hope to address how
women writers drew from photography's image repertoire to assert, subvert,
or otherwise engage modernist debates about art and politics, and more
particularly, the various ways in which gender inflects or subtends these
debates. Working beyond the attempt to match or juxtapose pieces of
literature with particular photographs, we seek to explore how photography,
referred to as "light writing" in the nineteenth century, offers new ways
to interpret the modernist literature produced by women. Papers could
examine the work of an individual writer or could compose a theoretical
and/or historical exploration of the panel's key terms.
Please send 300 word proposal and a short biographical statement to and by May 7th

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