45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
"What has happened," Fredric Jameson writes in his investigation of postmodernism, "is that aesthetic production today has become integrated into commodity production generally." While the implication of aesthetic production within a market economy significantly predates the "cultural logic of late capitalism" that Jameson describes, the current neoliberal exaltation of the market surely accelerates and deepens the evolution—-or devolution-—of art into a commodity. In light of the continued vexed status of markets in the contemporary imagination of the lingering Great Recession, this panel will examine the ways that literature actively engages with the intertwining of art and the market, by investigating texts that reflect on the markets for and the marketing of literature, visual art, music, and other modes of aesthetic and cultural production. How do contemporary texts reflect on the postmodern integration of art into the marketplace, and what different strategies do they suggest for negotiating the terms of that integration? How do texts from earlier cultural moments anticipate the current moment and shed light on the position of the aesthetic within the market? The panel will be particularly interested in papers that not only address texts that depict literary or other aesthetic markets but also reflect on those texts’ own positions within the literary marketplace.
Please send 250-500-word abstracts to Stephen Hock at email@example.com by September 30, 2013.
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can present only one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
For more information, see http://www.nemla.org/convention/2014/cfp.html.
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