New Ways of Thinking About Modernism and the Left

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Jesse Wolfe/California State University, Stanislaus
contact email: 

Paper proposals are invited for one of several possible panels at the Modernist Studies Association Conference, scheduled to be held in Chicago from November 4-7.


Scholars have explored modernism’s relationship both with the political right, broadly construed (fascism, nationalism, etc.) and the political left (feminism, pacifism, and Marxism in its time, how it anticipates disability studies in our time, etc.). This panel explores new paths for scholarship on modernism and the left.


In support of “new” conceptual models, I leave open the meaning of “the left.” Papers on the following subtopics are especially welcome, as I am working toward proposing linked panels. But please submit anything concerning my umbrella topic of Modernism and the Left.


1) Rifts in the Left, e.g., between elites and masses. Perhaps concerning literary form and communication.

2) Modernism and the Environment. Perhaps concerning literary styles as epistemologies for thinking about the environment.

3) Bringing invisible things into view. “Invisible” things could include marginalized populations, environmental concerns, emerging social movements, metaphysical forces, etc.


Submit 150-word abstracts and 50-word scholarly biographies to Jesse Wolfe at by April 1, 2021.