MSA 11: The Languages of Modernism, November 5-8, 2009, Modernist Mediums

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Heather Lusty, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Modernist Mediums

In his 1891 essay "The Soul of Man Under Socialism", Oscar Wilde claimes, "Indeed, the moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist, and becomes a dull or an amusing craftsman, an honest or dishonest tradesman. He has no further claim to be considered as an artist". This panel seeks interdisciplinary papers on non-liteary conversations or representations of modernism including various art mediums (cinema, painting, sculpture) and other non-traditional forms like technology and propaganda that engage with or refute Wilde's claim. Topics are encouraged from within the full range of Modernism (1850-1950)—from Decadence to Bauhaus and Social Realism. Priority interest is in multinational movements within a particular medium, but all will be considered.

Please send 300 word abstract (max) and brief bios to Heather Lusty: by Friday, May 8th