[Msa-discuss] CFP: Late Modernism in the American Scene (MSA 19, Amsterdam)

Ian Afflerbach iafflerbach3 at gatech.edu
Tue Dec 13 11:30:17 EST 2016

Late Modernism in the American Scene (MSA 19, Amsterdam)

Recent scholarship has employed the term “late modernism” to describe a 
set of wide-ranging changes to English national culture, in and after 
the 1930s: a sense of the British Empire’s imminent decline, a necessary 
reaction to global war, and a growing intellectual reconciliation 
between politics and art, exemplified by the Mass Observation movement. 
Modernist studies, however, has not yet established such a guiding 
narrative for late modernism in the United States. This panel offers a 
platform for considering what late modernism might look like in the 
American scene, from the Depression of the 1930s to the upheavals of the 
1960s. Possible topics include: approaches to periodizing an American 
late modernism (changes in political history, social movements, 
aesthetic theory); how to reconcile modernism’s transnational 
circulation with the resurgence in nationalist thinking at midcentury; 
the punctual importance of the Depression or World War II to American 
modernism; authors whose works are distinctly “late” modern or whose 
work exhibits a “late” phase; and late modernist periodical culture.

Please send a 250-word abstract and CV to Ian Afflerbach at 
ian.afflerbach at lmc.gatech.edu by January 9th.

Conference Location: Modernist Studies Association 19, Amsterdam, 
Conference Dates: August 10-13, 2017

Ian Afflerbach
Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Literature, Media and Communication

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