This special session at the 2011 M/MLA conference invites papers that explore the multitude of functions, forms, enactments, and critiques of festivity and the festive spirit in 20th - and 21st-century world literature, the arts, mass media and new media. Topics of particular interest include festivity in relation to hospitality, cosmopolitanism, and community; the appropriation of festive holidays, observances and practices of the ancient and medieval worlds by contemporary writers; festive forms and modes, including the carnival, procession, life cycle ritual, banquet, spectacle, tribute, impersonation, ethnography, satire, commemoration, tourist attraction, and epic song; festivity and cultural identity; festivity and performative or narrative innovation in modernist, post-modern and digital aesthetics; incarnations and transgressions of individual, political and social bodies and orders; the ethics of festivity in the shadows of disaster; and the consumption of festivity in relation to taste, pleasure, escape, addiction, excess, delusion, intoxication, and illness. Send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Drago Momcilovic at email@example.com by Friday, May 27, 2011.
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