Abstracts are sought for a panel at the Modernist Studies Association Conference to take place November 5-8, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.
The period stretching from the 1870s to the mid 1920s was marked by a sharp increase in global interactions. The rise of transnational political projects, culminating in the foundation of several international institutions and events, testifies to the emergence of a new global consciousness concomitant with the modernist period. This dynamics was experienced first hand by many modernists, whose life and works bear the mark of different languages and cultures. This panel seeks to investigate modernist productions (in literature, music, visual arts, theater, architecture etc…) in the light of their engagement with boundaries between cultures, spaces, languages, and forms. Modernist works constitute spaces of interaction and in/hospitality, be it linguistically, textually, or culturally. I invite paper proposals that study the modalities of these contacts. Possible topics include linguistic and cultural translation, untranslatability, the cosmopolitan and the vernacular, liminality, hybridity, gender/sexuality, avant-garde experimentation. Papers interested in interactions between Western and non-Western languages and cultures are particularly welcome. Please send 250-word abstracts and short biographical note to Edwige Tamalet Talbayev (email@example.com) by 3 May 2009.
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