Peripheries of Modernism – MSA 16 (Nov 6-9, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA)

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Lauren Benjamin/ University of Michigan
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Since at least the early 1990s, the transnational turn in Modernist Studies has necessitated a re-thinking of Modernism's traditional boundaries. Propelled by feminist reevaluations of the canon, as well as minority discourses about visibility, New Modernist Studies ask us to think more broadly about Modernism and modernity. This panel seeks to investigate the ways in which various scholars navigate the peripheries of Modernism. For this panel, "peripheries" are broadly defined as texts, movements, or authors previously or currently unincorporated into the traditional canon. How do authors' national identifications relate to other identities, religious, ethnic, or cultural?

Paper topics may include:
• Visual Culture and Modernism
• Underrepresented (Latino/a, Jewish, etc.) Modernist writings
• Intra-national US Modernism
• Postcolonial Studies of "other" Modernisms
• The role of minority literatures in the Modernist movement
• Theories of hybridity
• Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Papers that seek to address the contentious nature "division" within Modernist movements and/or Modernist studies are particularly welcome.
Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words and a CV to by May 9th.

*This CFP is for a proposed panel for the Modernist Studies Association Conference to be held in Pittsburgh on November 6-9.