[Msa-discuss] Modernist Waste Streams (MSA 16)

McKee, Alexander Bonar abmckee at udel.edu
Thu Apr 3 11:03:27 EDT 2014


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines a "waste stream" as "The total flow of solid waste from homes, businesses, institutions, and manufacturing plants that is recycled, burned, or disposed of in landfills, or segments thereof such as the 'residential waste stream' or the 'recyclable waste stream.'"  This panel deploys this term to address the relationship between production, consumption, and waste that existed at the start of the twentieth century.  It invites papers from all disciplines that examine modernist attitudes toward waste and abundance.  Possible topics include depictions of waste in Eliot, Joyce, Beckett, etc.; the recycling of waste in Cubist collages and Surrealist objets trouves; and representations of the monumental waste that is associated with modern warfare.  Please send a 250-word abstract and brief professional bio (2-3 sentences) to Alexander McKee at abmckee at udel.edu by May 2.
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