[Msa-discuss] CFP for MSA 11: The Everyday Languages of Modernism

Connor Byrne Connor.Byrne at Dal.Ca
Mon Mar 30 22:44:23 EDT 2009

CFP for MSA 11: The Everyday Languages of Modernism

In his claim that “the life of a village is narrative” whereas in the city “the
visual impressions succeed each other, overlap, overcross, they are
‘cinematographic’,” Ezra Pound efficiently characterizes what is arguably
modernism’s primary discursive mode, one devoted to the shock and speed of the
modern. Along these lines, modernism’s investement in the defamiliarizing
potential of the aesthetic experience (e.g. the Joycean or Imagist epiphany) is
interested in the ordinary or commonplace only insofar as they are to be
transcended. But the manifold languages of modernism address a far greater (if
arguably less sexy) range of everyday social contexts and experiences,
including routine and the familiar. This panel considers how modernists attuned
their languages (literary, visual, sculptural etc.) to various forms of
everyday life—not in an effort to condemn, for instance, its homogeneity, but
to levelheadedly assess if not value its salutary functions and practices.

Topics and concepts to consider:

-routine and ritual
-everyday life and urban space
-spaces and forms of dwelling
-communal forms; the role of community
-everyday domestic labour
-the gender of the quotidian
-modernisms and food
-modernisms and errands
-modernisms and/at rest
-boredom, fatigue
-knowledge vs know-how
-quotidian time

Please send a 300 word abstract and a brief CV to Connor Byrne, Dalhousie
University, Halifax, N.S. Canada (connor.byrne at dal.ca) by April 30, 2009

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