Critical Approaches for Re-Conceptualizing the Avant-Garde

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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An “Aesthetic Apartheid” occurs when the artistic innovations of a minoritized group are neglected due to their difference. [1] The focus on white and western innovations in literature have created the assumption that non-white avant-garde poetry, "however singular its ‘voice’ is not ‘formally innovative’.”[2] Examples of this bias are evident in monographs about the avant-garde, in which people of color are far too often excluded. Dorothy Wang writes that “anyone who has spent time in avant-garde poetry/and or critical circles in the States [….] knows that these circles are overwhelmingly unpigmented.”[3]

This panel seeks papers that re-conceptualize the avant-garde outside of its historically “unpigmented” discourse. What are the lenses through which we can reframe the poetic avant-garde? What are the methods through which the avant-garde, in its most contemporary of sensibilities, can be opened anew?

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[1] Harryette Mullen The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be: Essays and Interviews (210)

[2] Harryette Mullen The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be: Essays and Interviews (11)

[3] Dorothy Wang Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry (247)

 

 

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