Modernism in the Green, CFP Modernist Studies Association, November 19-22nd

This is a call for papers for Modernism in the Green, a panel for MSA17 in Boston, Mass next fall. We’re especially interested in poetics-minded projects, so please consider submitting an abstract.

For all its many urban topographies, the literary landscape of modernism contains a startling array of greens, from public and national parks to vacant lots, suburban gardens, and botanic displays. In drawing from recent interactions between environmental criticism and modernist studies, we propose that thinking with and through planned greens leads to a more complex understanding of modernism’s tangled engagements with arts, social protest, material culture, bodies, and the nature-culture divide. What new haptic, scopic or visual modes of experience were enabled when modernism entered the green? How were gendered and sexualized bodies redistributed? How was imperial ideology grafted together with colonial aspirations? What new visions of work and play are staged in the green? How do we reconsider modernism’€™s urban character when viewed from the green?
We welcome abstracts that explore modernist engagement with various planned green spaces as embodiments of new aesthetic principles, emergent political desires, disciplinary anxieties, and shifting cultural assumptions about nature during the first half of the 20th century. We especially welcome contributions that address diverse modes of textual production like pamphlets, guidebooks, brochures, and postcards or which reroute modernist genealogies through new global, transnational or localist excursions.

Please submit 300-word abstracts and a brief bio to co-organizers Margaret Konkol (New College of Florida) and Julia Daniel (Baylor University) by April 14th to mkonkol@ncf.edu

Conference Location: Boston, United States
Conference Starts: November 19, 2015
Conference Ends: November 22, 2015

CFP Submission Deadline: April 14, 2015

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