Modernist Poetics: Writing Self and Society

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University of Edinburgh

The conference will explore the themes of the modernist 'self' - envisioned as embracing the construction of the figure of the artist, character, gender and sexuality - and modernist 'society', inclusive of visions of nationhood and reflections on war and early twentieth-century politics more widely. The conference will offer the opportunity for a wide-ranging discussion of the intersection of these two spheres in the work of Modernist artists of the period. At the same time, it will provide the arena for the exploration of themes and ideas that lend themselves to more than one period in particular, and which, thus, provide a topos for the intercrossing between Modernism and Romanticism, Modernism and the Victorian and Edwardian cultures, Modernism and Post-modernism.

Contributions from graduate students across the UK are welcome on the themes of:

- The figure of the Modernist artist
- Character in Modernist Fiction/Poetics
- National and trans-national Modernisms
- Modernism and philosophy
- The politics of Modernism
- Modernism and war
- The transgression of identity, nation, gender, sexuality, and class in Modernist art and aesthetics
- The material production and dissemination of Modernist art

Please submit 250-word proposals for 20-minute papers, with a brief CV, to by 1 August 2009.

Date, Time, Place
The conference will be held on 23 October 2009 in David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh from 9 am to 6 pm.