[Msa-discuss] CFP: Proposed Panel for MSA 11: Bad Language?: The Poetics of the Erotic in Modernism

janine utell jmutell at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 2 12:54:51 EST 2009


I wonder if this could be posted to the MSA-discuss list?  Thanks!
Bad Language?:  The
Poetics of the Erotic in Modernism

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In the texts of modernist cultures, we find vulgar language,
pleasures spoken and unspoken, and the generic and semantic challenges of s=
ex.  Paradoxically, the deployment of the erotic
in modernist texts, artifacts, and productions may have a decorum all its
own.  =


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This panel will explore new ways of thinking about erotic
language and its uses in modernist culture.  What languages
are available to speak the erotic?  What
are the erotic codes we find in modernist cultures, and how are they used? =
 Possible topics may include:  erotica in the modernist period (visual,
textual, other); sex manuals, marriage manuals, the discourses of science a=
nd
hygiene and their relationship to the erotic; sociocultural/historical
influences on erotic language; erotica across/the erotics of race, class,
nation, orientation; memoirs and diaries of erotic life; advertising;
journalism; code-switching; dirty words; the impact of technology on erotic
language; political and/or national movements and their languages around the
erotic, etc. etc.

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Abstracts of no more than 500 words accompanied by a brief
CV should be sent by April 30 to Janine Utell, Widener University, at jmute=
ll(at)mail(dot)widener(dot)edu.  Inclusion in the MSA 11 program is conting=
ent
upon the acceptance of the panel by MSA reviewers.
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