[Msa-discuss] CFP for MSA 19 (Amsterdam): Fashion, Modernism, History

Lise Sanders lsanders at hampshire.edu
Sun Jan 8 12:11:49 EST 2017

CFP for MSA 19 (Amsterdam): Fashion, Modernism, History

This panel focuses on the significance of fashion to histories of modernity, and to modernism's engagement with history. In the works of canonical modernists and in the writings of women associated with middlebrow and popular literature in the interwar period, fashion functions to represent, negotiate, and problematize the relationship between the past, the present, and the future. Possible questions to be addressed include:

·      How did modernist texts engage with fashion, fashionability, and historical style?

·      In what ways do fashion, clothing, and costume in modernist texts illuminate or complicate notions of literary and historical periodization?

·      What insights can be gained into the presence of the past by exploring the role of fashion in modernism's emphasis on "making it new"?

Of particular interest are papers that engage with the multiple contexts in which fashion circulated in the early twentieth century – not only in modernist literature, but also in popular periodicals, advertising, design and illustration.

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words and a brief bio to Lise Shapiro Sanders at lsanders at hampshire.edu <mailto:lsanders at hampshire.edu> by January 10, 2017. (Note: This is not a guaranteed session). 

Lise Shapiro Sanders
Associate Professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies
Hampshire College
893 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002

tel. 413-559-5650
fax. 413-559-5481

lsanders at hampshire.edu <mailto:lsanders at hampshire.edu>
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