Cultures of Collectivity in Pre-Revolutionary French Literature

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association
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“Cultures of Collectivity in Pre-Revolutionary French Literature

In keeping with this year’s MMLA conference theme of “Cultures of Collectivity”, this panel solicits propositions that reflect on the many ways in which the individual and the collective were conceived in pre-revolutionary society. Rather than viewing the individual and the collective as being separate facets of social existence, papers that look at the liminal movement between subjective experience and the larger political body will be of particular interest. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Regionalism and local identities during the Wars of Religion and 17th-century consolidation of political power;
  • Ideological shifts, notably reformation and counter-reformation ideologies that reframed the relationship between scripture and dogmatic tradition;
  • Libertinage and the valorization of the individual;
  • Philosophical legacies of the self and community, namely of Aristotelian bare life and political life.

Please submit a 300-word abstract, short biography and AV requests to Eric Wistrom at by May 1, 2021.This session is a permanent section of the 2021 MMLA Convention “Cultures of Collectivity”, currently scheduled to take place November 4-7, 2021 in Milwaukee, WI. While the current plan is for the convention to take place in-person, this is subject to change depending on how the pandemic continues to unfold.