Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
American Comparative Literature Association
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Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary 

In recent years the geographical, temporal, and cultural lineage of canonical modernism as the assumed outgrowth of Anglo-American and European traditions has given way to new approaches for understanding the articulations and experiences of modernism and modernity—alternative modernities, multiple modernities, geomodernisms, and “planetarity,” to name a few. In keeping with ongoing attempts to reassess the temporalities, spatialities, and formal components of modernist studies, we invite submissions that explore the ways in which representations of the urban imaginary articulate anew the various interrelations, affiliations, and antitheses of modernity, modernism, and the modern. The city endures as a generative site for thinking about global modernism in dialogical terms; indeed, the inter-play and hybridization of competing literary, theoretical, and intellectual paradigms across seemingly disparate cultural formations is central to a more nuanced conception of transnational modernism.  

 250-word proposals should submitted through the ACLA portal by 31 October 2020. Please direct questions to both Desmond Harding (hardi1d@cmich.edu) and Nicole Sparling Barco (sparl1nl@cmich.edu).