>CFP: Modernismís Dictators (4/2/04; MSA 10/21/04-10/24/04)
>Modernist Studies Association 6th Annual Conference, 21-24 October 2004
>Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia (Vancouver,
>British Columbia, Canada)
>This proposed panel will look at the modernist fascination with and critique
>of totalitarian leadership and, more specifically, the person of the
>dictator. In the spirit of the conference themeóOther Modernisms/Modernismís
>Othersóthe panel examines how interest in figures such as Mussolini, Hitler,
>Franco, Petain, Mosley, Stalin and, later, Mao, compelled modernists to
>cross the boundaries of national identity in the search of national heroes.
>Looking, for example, at Poundís Cantos and Jefferson and/or Mussolini,
>Steinís support of Petain and Franco, Wyndham Lewisís Hitler and The Hitler
>Cult, or Natalie Clifford Barneyís admiration for Petain and Mussolini, we
>see how the despotic other can come to represent a cultural and political
>How does literary modernism both admire and denigrate the totalitarian
>figure, as in Virginia Woolfís ambivalently charged description of the
>ìtightly cased,î uniformed body of the ìGerman and Italian F¸hrer or Duce .
>. . the Tyrant or Dictatorî in Three Guineas? The search for ideal
>political authority often leads to a turn toward the extremes of
>authoritarianism, but how does this identification and idealization
>complicate the seekerís national identity? How does the dictator figureóreal
>or imagined-- allow for writers to perform or explore their own authority?
>In what ways do writers and artists negotiate their own national or gendered
>identities vis-ý-vis preoccupation with an idealized national other?
>Although questions of dictatorship, identification, and national identity
>are the focus, coverage may be broadly conceived in terms of medium and
>genre. I encourage studies of these phenomena in Asian, African, and Latin
>American modernisms as well.
>Send queries, 200 word abstract, and brief c.v. (all preferably in the body
>of the e-mail) to Annalisa Zox-Weaver at [log in to unmask] by April 2, 2004.Ý
>Deadline for submission of our proposal to the MSA is May 3, 2004.
>Information about the conference is available at .
>University of Southern California
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