The Great War and Streets (MSA Brooklyn 2020)
This panel invites paper proposals that deal with modernism, the Great War, and streets broadly conceived. The Great War was a pivotal event in the development of modernism, and many of our key literary works - The Waste Land, Mrs. Dalloway, Parade’s End - respond in part to the pressures of the war. This influence extends beyond the traditional English modernist canon as well, to writers such as Mulk Raj Anand and Tayeb Salih.
MSA’s 2020 theme of Streets intersects productively with a discussion of modernism and the Great War. The physical trenches in which soldiers lived can be thought of as disorienting, squalid streets, and indeed many British trenches were named after streets in London. This troglodyte urban space becomes a violent negative of the streets of the civilian city, and war anxieties on the home front alter the public conception of the spaces that modernism depicts.
We welcome proposals for any paper dealing with related issues for a panel at the MSA in Brooklyn (October 22-25, 2020). Please send abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with a brief biographical note, to Matthew Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 6, 2020.