[Msa-discuss] Modernism's Graphic Women Deadline extended

Kimberly Coates kimbec at bgsu.edu
Mon Apr 2 15:59:58 EDT 2018

Please send CFP again and extend date to Friday, April 6

MSA 2018 CFP: Modernism’s Graphic Women
Long before Hillary Chute’s contemporary graphic women began “complexly visualizing” their lives and experiences, Modernist women like Djuna Barnes, Stevie Smith, Leonora Carrington, The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Claude Cahun, and others had already written graphic narratives, thus themselves bravely and audaciously taking on the “risk of representation.”
This panel seeks to examine the work of Modernism’s graphic women and will consider, but not be limited to, questions like the following: How are modernist women employing the graphic (broadly understood) in their work and to what end? How might we define the relationship between life narrative and the graphic (again considered broadly) in these women’s texts? Do these women’s graphic narratives, like those considered by Chute, also speak to the dominant tropes associated with trauma and the theory thereof? Or, on a less serious note, are they relying on a comic interface between text and image that could be said to reconfigure scenes of domesticity and/or more conservative notions of gender, sexuality, and female subjectivity? How might graphic texts by these Modernist women offer up an earlier form of “feminist graphic knowledge”? How do these texts define and articulate such knowledge and in what contexts? How do graphic texts by these women offer a new spin on the personal is political? What kind of visual intervention in their own historical, political, and cultural moments do these women’s graphic narratives offer? And finally, borrowing on Rita Felski’s notion of “neo-phenomenology” as laid out in the Introduction to her book Uses of Literature (2008), how does the interface between text and image in Modernism’s graphic women’s texts offer a “thick description of experiential states” that induces moments of recognition in us as readers but also shock, enchant, engage our sensibilities to the extent we are taken to what Felski, in more recent work, refers to as “the limits of critique”?
Deadline Extended to Friday, April 6: Please send a 250-300 word proposal with short bio/CV to Kimberly Engdahl Coates (kimbec at bgsu.edu) by April 6

Kimberly Engdahl Coates, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Literature Program Coordinator
Affiliate Faculty Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/American Culture Studies/Honors Program
Office: 403 East Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
kimbec at bgsu.edu
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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