[Msa-discuss] CFP: Modernism and Talk (MSA Columbus) (Krista Daniel)

Krista Daniel kzd0008 at uw.edu
Fri Mar 16 05:55:17 EDT 2018

CFP: "Modernism and Talk"
MSA Columbus (Nov. 8-11, 2018)

Talk is a useful but under-theorized category for investigating what
Michael North describes as modernism’s “insurrectionary opposition to the
known and familiar in language.” Perhaps its most recognizable mode within
the academy is gossip, but other forms of talk—chatter, banter, prattle,
chit-chat, and dialect—not only structure dialogue within the novel but
also comprise an important site of North’s “scene of the modern.”

This panel proposes to explore talk and enduring critical concerns of
modernist literary and cultural studies. How, for example, does modernism’s
entanglements with various standards extend to the verbal? In what ways can
talk inform our discussion of subjectivity and/or alienation? What work is
made possible by approaching celebrity culture through gossip? How did
various technologies affect verbal communication, and, in turn, how were
media advancements informed by preexisting talk protocols? Is “talk” a
useful category within global modernism? How does talk further disrupt
oppositional critical framings such as elite/mass culture, serious/trivial,
and high/middlebrow?

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a short bio to Krista Daniel (
kzd0008 at uw.edu) by April 1, 2018.
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