[Msa-discuss] Niche lit: Modernism and Popular Culture Sub-Genres (CFP for MSA 18)

Paul Peppis ppeppis at uoregon.edu
Sat Mar 5 14:37:30 EST 2016

MSA 18:  Niche lit: Modernism and Popular Culture Sub-Genres (CFP for MSA 18, 17-20 November 2016, in Pasadena, California)
Over the past twenty years, “new modernist” scholars have productively interrogated, probed, and disassembled the “great divide” between modernism and popular culture.  Numerous critical accounts have appeared analyzing modernism’s relations to major popular forms and genres (adventure tales, crime fiction, comic strips, science fiction, Hollywood films, radio plays, Jazz music, etc.). 
This panel seeks to continue and extend such work by examining modernism’s connections to and exchanges with heretofore under-explored sub-genres of popular culture, illuminating popular modernism’s “niche lit.”  Panelists might examine such varied sub-genres as fairy tale fantasy, how to books, romance pulps, esoteric magazines, animal comics, picture books, time-travel romances, Romans à clef, ghost stories, proletarian fiction, lesbian fantasy, etc. etc.
Please send paper abstracts of 350-500 words and brief bio-bibliographical statements by March 31 to Paul Peppis:  ppeppis at uoregon.edu.
Paul Peppis
Professor, English
Director, Oregon Humanities Center
University of Oregon

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