Modernisms and the Anthropocene-Deadline Extended
Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 22-24, 2018, at the University of Louisville
This critical panel or roundtable invites proposals from scholars working at the intersection of modernist and Anthropocene studies. Presentations might engage with the following quandaries and/or themes, as well as unlimited others:
- How does experimentation with literary form in the early twentieth century aid or impair our ability to “imagine the Anthropocene”?
- How are “modernity” and “Anthropocene” describing the same phenomena and/or how are these things different?
- Modernism, as a literary movement, is often accused of being obsessed with human consciousness, agency, and identity to the exclusion of the non-human or the “external.” How might this classification of modernism be complicated or disputed in the frame of the Anthropocene?
- How do we situate early twentieth century literary production in terms of denial and/or awareness of human impact on earth's systems? Similarly, how does a specific text or author contribute to or disrupt the "Great Derangement," Amitav Ghosh's term for the persistent denial of climate change?
- In a given modernist text, how are humans, nonhumans, culture, and nature entangled or rendered as separable?
- How might current environmental science and philosophy revise the canonization of literary modernism (i.e. finding it more or less "ecological" than originally conceived)?
- How is a given writer's engagement with time and space Anthropocenic or not? What can we say about modernist treatment of scale in light of the Anthropocene?
- Climate change, environmental catastrophe, apocalypse
- Intimacy with nonhumans
- Empire and capitalism
- New Materialisms / Feminist Materialisms
- Global modernism
- Naming the Anthropocene
Submit double spaced, titled, 300-word abstracts and a 100-150 word biographical note to Dr. Rebekah Taylor-Wiseman at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1 for consideration. Inquiries welcome.