[Msa-discuss] [UPDATE] CFP: Politics, Ethics, and the New Formalisms - DEADLINE EXTENDED March 18, 2010

Zia Miric christabel.limbo at gmail.com
Sat Mar 13 17:27:41 EST 2010

*Call for Papers*

* *

*Politics, Ethics, and the New Formalisms*

*April 23-24, 2010*

*University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign*

*The British Modernities Group,* in conjunction with the Unit for Criticism
and Interpretive Theory and the departments of English, Philosophy, and Art
History, and with support from the Illinois Program for Research in the
Humanities, invites submissions from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and
methodological orientations for our annual graduate student conference, this
year themed *=93Politics, Ethics, and the New Formalisms.=94 *

The conference will open with a keynote address by Marjorie Levinson,
professor at University of Michigan=96Ann Arbor, who specializes in the are=
of critical theory, and in poetry and poetics.  She not only theorizes the
rise of the =93New Formalist=94 movement, but enacts these tensions in her =
scholarship, including a contribution to a collection of essays
entitled *Rethinking
Historicism: Critical Readings in Romantic History* in 1989, and a recent
publication in *Studies in Romanticism* entitled =93A Motion and a Spirit:
Romancing Spinoza.=94

New Formalism is a recent trend=97a =93movement,=94 according to Marjorie
Levinson=92s 2007 essay =93What is New Formalism?=94 in the *PMLA*=97in cri=
theory, cultural studies, and literary scholarship that challenges some of
academia=92s established methods and critical approaches.

The term =93New Formalism=94 seemingly implies a =93return=94 to formal qua=
such as genre or aesthetics in approaching literary and cultural studies.  =
Formalism itself is hardly a unitary concept, hence the plural reference in
our title to New Formalism*s*; the term itself is open to debate and
definition.  The graduate conference will engage this critical trend by
exploring the ways in which New Formalism reflects attentiveness to
political and ethical issues.  What does a turn or =91return=92 to formalis=
m in
the first decade of the twenty-first century mean?  How does New Formalism
impact disciplinary, pedagogical, or theoretical positions or methodologies?
How can form be political?  How can form be ethical?

Possible topics for consideration include but are not limited to:

   - Genre, narrative, structure
   - Seriality
   - Poetics
   - Aesthetics and beauty
   - Cognition and embodiment
   - Affect and feeling
   - Ethics and justice
   - Politics of figurative and narrative form
   - Formalism after New Criticism and New Historicism

This plenary-style conference is designed to facilitate dialogue between
panels, participants, and attendees.  To that end, panelists are strongly
encouraged to attend the full conference, scheduled late Friday and all day
Saturday.  Presenters will be expected to submit their papers to their
panel=92s faculty respondent by April 9.

Please send 300-word abstracts for individual 15-minute papers to *
modernities at gmail.com.*  *The deadline for abstract submissions is March 18,
2010. *Accepted applicants will be notified by March 19.  In the body of the
e-mail, please include the following information:  name, university and
departmental affiliation(s), level of graduate study, and title of paper.
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