[Msa-discuss] CFP: Representing Indigeneity in Modernism (MSA Toronto; 4 March Deadline)

Stephen Ross saross at uvic.ca
Mon Feb 11 17:16:09 EST 2019

Representing Indigeneity in Modernism

From Juan Rulfo to Joseph Conrad, from Solomon Plaatje to Albert Wendt, and from Tayeb Salih to Pramoedya Ananta Toer, modernist writers make widely varied uses of Indigenous characters in their novels. How are such figures represented, though, and what can we learn about modernist politics from those representations? If such representations are figurative contact zones, how can we understand the nature of the encounters they record? Are there salient differences in how European, English, or American writers represent Indigenous populations, versus how native writers represent them? Are most such representations consistent with the rampant imperialist ideologies still thriving in the early twentieth century? Or are there avant-garde or experimental approaches that disrupt the politics of colonialist expansion? What might such representations have to teach us about the apparently inextricable link between modernism and imperialism?

Send 250-word abstracts to Stephen Ross (saross at uvic.ca<mailto:saross at uvic.ca>) by 4 March 2019.

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