Fictions of the Modern American University, 1890-1945 (MSA 16, Nov. 6-9, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA)

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Heather Steffen
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Call for Papers for a Panel at MSA 16:

Fictions of the Modern American University, 1890-1945

Scholars, critics, and casual readers often assume that academic novels only began to appear during the "golden age" of the U.S. university after the Second World War. But the existence of a vibrant set of faculty-focused novels published between the 1890s and 1930s—and the importance of campus fiction to Americans' understanding of and fascination with college life in the teens and twenties—indicate a need to expand our reading and discussion of pre-World War II academic fiction. To that end, this panel seeks papers that analyze how academic and college novels produced between 1890 and 1945 grappled with the American college and university's collision with modernity and how they participated in the resulting debates about how to define the "modern American university" and its changing missions.

Please send a 250-word abstract and CV to Heather Steffen at by April 22.

The Modernist Studies Association's annual conference will take place November 6-9, 2014, in Pittsburgh, PA.

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