[Msa-discuss] MSA-14: October 18-21, 2012. Las Vegas, Nevada; Flamingo Hotel

Annalisa Zox-Weaver annalisazoxweaver at gmail.com
Tue Mar 6 21:07:06 EST 2012

MSA-14: October 18-21, 2012. Las Vegas, Nevada; Flamingo Hotel

For at least two decades, scholars have addressed the striking convergence
between modernist writers and reactionary, right-wing, or fascist regimes.
 From Andrew Hewitt's *Fascist Modernism* and Fredric Jameson's *Wyndham
Lewis: the Modernist as Fascist* to Leon Surette's just-published *Dreams
of a Totalitarian Utopia: Literary Modernism and Politics*, critics have
sought to determine why so many modernist innovators were drawn to
right-wing or reactionary politics.  Yet the discussion has still largely
been confined to the political leanings of *male *modernists, adverting to
a fairly standard set of usual suspects: Eliot, Yeats, Pound, Lewis,
Marinetti.  This panel seeks to bring gender more squarely into this
discussion, asking whether (or if) female modernists shared tendencies
similar to their right-wing or reactionary male counterparts.  Were female
modernists equally drawn to reactionary or right-wing political regimes?
If so, how did gender inflect the nature of their attraction?  We encourage
papers that tease out the complexities of this historical moment and the
specific possibilities of right-wing or reactionary thought available to
early twentieth-century female modernists (authoritarianism, National
Socialism, Fascism, Maurrasianism, Royalism, Communism,etc.).  Prospective
panelists should send a 500-word abstract and a short (2-3 sentence)
scholarly biography to Annalisa Zox-Weaver (annalisazoxweaver at gmail.com)
and Barbara Will (barbara.will at dartmouth.edu) by March 30, 2012.
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