CFP: [20th] Transnational Modernism (NeMLA: 2/26/09-3/1/09)

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Daniel Shea
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40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

"Transnational Modernism"

The emergence of modernist movements coincided with two distinct political
evolutions: the solidification of the modern nation-state and the weakening
of the European colonial system. Literary artists honed their craft via
self-created identities as expatriates and exiles; and the heterogeneous,
transnational City, rather than the Nation, became the incubator of
artistic growth. Consequently, in addition to its well-known international
status, modernism can be seen as participating in a sense of
transnationalism: rather than merely crossing national boundaries,
modernism’s polyvalent aesthetic can be understood through its
transgression of national borders.

This panel seeks papers exploring how modernist writers re-imagine issues
of the nation and national identity via transnational models. Is a
modernist aesthetic fundamentally opposed to the modern nation-state? Or
does modernism, in its search for narratives and symbols of origin and
renewal, contribute to its development? Is transgression a necessary
element of modernity? How do narratives of suppressed minorities call
attention to the deficiencies of the modern state? Send inquiries or
abstracts (as MS Word attachments) to Daniel Shea, Mount Saint Mary
College: shea_at_msmc.edu by Sept. 15.

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