[Msa-discuss] CFP: MSA 12 Proposed Panel: Modernism and Popularisation

Saunders, Max max.saunders at kcl.ac.uk
Tue Apr 27 15:37:34 EDT 2010

CFP: MSA 12 Proposed Panel:
Modernism and Popularisation

This proposed panel for MSA 12 will consider the relations of Modernism to books of popularization. The period saw a plethora of book-series aimed at popularizing specialist knowledge; sometimes in particular fields (‘Popular Library of Art’; ‘The International Library of Psychology, Philosophy and Scientific Method’); sometimes across the range of disciplines (‘Home University Library’); sometimes with a specific approach, as with the futurological ‘To-Day and To-Morrow’ series. Such series might be approached in terms of networks. They remain an under-researched area in the study of the history of the book. 

Possible topics might include, but aren’t limited to:
The effects of discourses of popularization on Modernist writing
Contributions by Modernist writers to such projects
How Modernism figures in popularizing discourse
The impact of popularization of specific fields (physics, biology, psychology, arts, economics, eugenics etc) on Modernism
Networks of popularization
Concepts of education in early 20th century popularisation texts

Deadline May 2, 2010; send abstract to Max Saunders at max.saunders at kcl.ac.uk. The completed panel will be submitted on May 3 for consideration by the MSA.

Max Saunders
Professor of English
Co-Director, Centre for Life-Writing Research
King's College London
The Strand
London WC2R 2LS

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship 2008-10

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