MSA 2015, Boston, November 19-22
"The Means, Ends, and Representation of Radical Political Experience"
This panel will focus on modernist literature that represents the means of radical or revolutionary political movements – instinctual repression, iron discipline and eclipse of personal freedom, hierarchical organization, etc. – in opposition to their manifest goals of personal freedom and equality.
Some of the questions to be addressed include:
How does this contradiction tend to resolve itself in modernist literature? Or, alternatively, is there a tendency for modernist writers to refuse to represent its resolution? If so, why? Does this difficulty of representing this contradiction catalyze formal innovation? Or, again, do the revolutionary aesthetic innovations of a particular movement usually considered to be politically neutral have a hitherto untheorized or undertheorized relationship to political culture of the period?
Please send paper abstracts to email@example.com by April 10, 2015.