[Msa-discuss] Call for papers EAM 4: Helsinki, 29-31 August 2014 - Panel on the Modernist Short Story
gerri at thekimbers.co.uk
Tue Nov 12 20:06:12 EST 2013
EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR AVANT-GARDE AND MODERNISM STUDIES (EAM)
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland 29.-31.8.2014
See below for details of an open panel on the modernist short story which
will be chaired by Gerri Kimber (Open panel number 6). Please click on this
link to find out how to submit a paper proposal to this panel:
Paper proposals must go through the official system in the link above.
6. Dystopian Visions in the Avant-garde and Modernist Short Story (an open
If we view Modernism and Avant-gardism as artistic languages of rupture,
then the renaissance of the short story form in the early twentieth-century
often reflected this rupture and was utilized to considerable effect by
certain authors. Incorporating literary experimentation, the genre¹s
potential for fragmentation, disturbance and complexity mirrors the
dystopian worldview of the period in question. Sometimes reflecting a
Bakhtinian notion of conflicting narrative voices, together with a Freudian
concept of the uncanny, the short story would emerge as a radical avant-
garde and modernist vehicle, questioning traditional forms, the importance
of the narrator, and the overall relationship of the author to the reader.
Wyndham Lewis, for example, in his own short stories, exemplified the
Vorticist stances of detachment and dynamic form. Other writers whose
stories reveal this experimental mode include James Joyce, Virginia Woolf,
Franz Kafka, Katherine Mansfield, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Richardson and
May Sinclair. Please submit proposals for this panel via the link above.
Chair: Dr. Gerri Kimber, Senior Lecturer in English, University of
Northampton, UK (gerri.kimber at northampton.ac.uk).
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