[Msa-discuss] CFP: Affective Ecologies of the Modernist Body (Edited Collection)

Kara Watts kara_watts at my.uri.edu
Fri Nov 6 08:58:43 EST 2015

*Affective Ecologies of the Modernist Body: Call for Proposals (Edited

We seek to complete an edited collection on the modernist body with high
quality proposals for chapters. The collection aims to examine ecologies of
bodies’ relations to their surrounds in early twentieth-century modernism.
>From artist Hans Bellmer’s distorted dolls, to Rupert Brooke’s “dust” in a
“corner of a foreign field,” to Virginia Woolf’s “orts, scraps, and
fragments,” concepts of early twentieth century bodies – textual,
phenomenological, cultural, political, and physical – fall to pieces, and
we seek to ask how these pieces may aid us in reconceptualizing the
modernist body in light of its new affective and ecological surrounds.

We welcome all approaches to the question of the modernist body’s
conceptualization or re-/de-conceptualization, specifically those that span
disciplinary and geographical bounds. Accepted chapters thus far address
bodies in motion through dance, bodily thermality, erotics, decomposition,
and bodily remainders in writers including W.B. Yeats, H.D., Lynd Ward,
E.M. Forster, and Evelyn Waugh. We solicit proposals that may address
topics that supplement or challenge these ideas, including:

·      “greened” or “queered” bodies

·      robotic, wounded or prosthetic bodies

·      negotiations of embodiment or permeability

·      affective landscapes and the body

·      environments of affect

·      colonial or non-Western modernist bodies

·      bodies at war in WWI or WWII landscapes

·      excesses of affect or disaffection on the homefront

·      suffrage, force-feeding, body activism

·      bodies’ publicness (or “publicity”) and urbanization

The book proposal will be sent out to publishers in January 2016, and
chapters must be completed by June 2016. Abstracts of 300-400 words and a
brief 2-page CV must be submitted to editors Molly Hall
molly_hall at my.uri.edu and Kara Watts kara_watts at my.uri.edu by December 1st.
Please address your abstracts to *both* editors.

Kara Watts
Ph.D. Candidate/Instructor, English and Writing & Rhetoric
The University of Rhode Island
English Department
114 Swan Hall
60 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI  02881
kara_watts at my.uri.edu
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