Modernist Times

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Modernist Times
21 November 2014
Bankstown Campus, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Brian Boyd (University of Auckland)
author of 'Why Lyrics Last', 'On the Origins of Stories', 'Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years' and 'Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years'.

The modernists were the most temporally-aware of artists. The innovations of Woolf, Mann and Joyce were focused on time: its elasticity, manipulability and centrality to human experience.

The first decade of the twenty-first century has seen the re-emergence of temporality as a vital focus of literature and, indeed, of all art. This has produced a diversification of theories of time beyond the very literary temporality of high modernism. Yet something of the spirit of modernist time remains in work of the late modernists, the postmodernists and those that come after; Pynchon, Lynch and Gordon inherited their forebears' theoretical focus.

In this one-day symposium, to be held at the Bankstown campus of the University of Western Sydney, the Writing and Society Research Centre calls for 30 minute papers examining any aspect of the relationship between modernism, time and 20th and 21st century art.

We are particularly interested in papers that address work commonly considered outside conventional definitions of the modernist period.

Proposals may address:
 theories of time in works of the 20th and 21st century
 periodicity in theories of 20th and 21st century art
 varieties of modernism/postmodernism/post-postmodernism
 precursors and successors to these categories

Or any other topic the speaker feels is relevant.

A call for papers for an edited collection on the same topic as the symposium will be issued after the event.

Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit a proposal; we have reserved speaking positions for postgraduates.

Please send abstracts of 300 words and a brief biographical note to by 18 July. Notification will be completed by 4 August.