MSA 18: Crossing the Modernist Border (Nov. 17-20, 2016; Pasadena, CA)

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Kevin Riordan (Nanyang Technological University)
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In Atlas of the European Novel, Franco Moretti argues that discourse changes at the border. When we cross geopolitical lines our stories, style, and language all record the shift. As the geographical expansion of modernism continues to occupy an important place in the field, what do national border crossings indicate about the shape of our defined literatures and the disciplinary approaches we use to study them? Might writing, performing, or screening the border itself articulate the "cultural parataxis" Susan Stanford Friedman describes in her model of planetarity? Or, as Michelle Clayton argues in "Modernism's Moving Bodies," can the analysis of particular embodied transit help us move us away from global generalizations and towards "comparative particularisms"? This panel welcomes creative and far-ranging approaches to borders while maintaining especial interest in papers that attend in some way to actual, embodied crossings.

Please send a 250-word proposal and a short bio to Kevin Riordan (kriordan@ntu.edu.sg) by March 20th.