This proposed roundtable for the 2010 meeting of the Modernist Studies Association is focused on the successive waves of exiled writers from 1890-1945 and the ways they formed unexpected connections across languages and national boundaries. How were the many forced displacements of writers, artists, musicians, film directors, and theorists part of the rapid changes and expansion of experiment during modernism? What were the choices of language change, translingualism, or cultural adaptations that were caused by the successive political upheavals and shifts from the pogroms through World War II and how were these shown in the creative work by modernists (not their individual biographies)? How did they influence each other? What did they suppress, sublimate, distort, or silence form their experiences and how does this persist in their work?
Please send a 300-word abstract and a 75-word biographical statement to Leonard Orr by April 26 (as e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org). The panel proposal will be submitted by May 2nd to the conference organizers for a decision about whether it is included in the conference. All scholars who submit an abstract will receive a response.
Dr. Leonard Orr, Director of Liberal Arts and Professor of English
Washington State University
2710 University Dr.
Richland WA 99354 USA
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