MSA 11: Death Imagery and Ambivalence about the Future in the Modernist Novel, 5-8-09

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Jennifer Gilchrist
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In response to the pronounced intellectual, philosophical, historical and social flux of the teens, twenties and thirties, many modernist writers wavered between lapsarian despair and utopian confidence about the direction of the future. Literary images of death and destruction register both fatalism and loss as well as phoenix-like creative renewal, alternately as well as simultaneously.

I am looking for abstracts of papers that explore modernist ambivalence about the future through death imagery, to be selected for a proposed panel at the 11th Annual Modernist Studies Association Conference on November 5-9, 2009 in Montreal. Preference will be given to papers that read their novels as self-reflexive and/or concerned with the state of literary modernism. Please send abstracts of one page or less and short bios to Dr. Jennifer Gilchrist at by May 8, 2009.