[Msa-discuss] CFP: Race, Perception, and Modernist Spectacle (MSA 14): Deadline extended to April 4

Joshua Lam lam1jd at gmail.com
Tue Apr 3 16:09:44 EDT 2012

Hi All: I'm looking for one more panelist to round out the following
proposed panel for MSA 14. Please pass along to potentially interested

“Race, Perception, and Modernist Spectacle”

Gertrude Stein once wrote, “I believe in reality as Cezanne or Caliban
believe in it.” While scholars have exhaustively analyzed the relationship
between modernist literature and modern painting, they have been more
reluctant to take up the second reference. How does the modernist
enterprise exploit Caliban’s fraught and subjugated relation to reality?
How, in turn, does the sexually threatening, “primitive,” and racialized
figure inform modernism’s preoccupations with perception and spectacle?
This proposed panel seeks papers that examine the intersections of race,
perception and/or psychology, and modernism. From W.E.B. DuBois’s “double
consciousness” and the primitivism of Stein, Picasso, and Carl Van Vechten
to the spectacular entertainments of the Harlem Renaissance and the
“cinematic” modernisms of Claude McKay and Jean Toomer, modernists
frequently represent race and perception as intertwined phenomena. How do
philosophical, psychological, and scientific modernisms instrumentalize or
neglect race in their discussions of mind and body? For what
uses—questionable, laudable, ideological—do modernists mobilize racial
spectacles in their art? This panel seeks papers dealing with any aspect of
race, psychology, and perception in the modernist era.

Please send 300-word abstracts and a brief (2-3 sentence) bio to Joshua Lam
at jdlam at buffalo.edu by April 4, 2012. This is a proposed panel, pending
acceptance by the MSA. Please visit the MSA website for more details about
the 2012 conference (October 18-21, Las Vegas):

Joshua Lam

PhD Candidate, Department of English
Staff Editor, GSA Editorial Assistance
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
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