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>Subject: CFP: Banal Modernity (4/30/05; MSA, 11/3/05-11/6/05)
>MSA Panel Proposal: Banal Modernity
>Modernist Studies Association 7th Annual Conference
>Nov. 3-6, 2005
>One of the more influential discussions of modernity and
>modernism, Marshall Berman’Äôs All That Is Solid Melts Into Air,
>suggests a definition of modernism as any response to the
>changes brought by modernization. But what if modernity was
>experienced as banal rather than turbulent (whether exciting
>or disturbing)? Is it possible to remain unimpressed in the
>face of modernity? Could such a response only be affected?
>How do modernists or others represent boredom in the context
>of modernity? Other topics might include:
>--The relation between urbanity and banality.
>--The relation between the city and the country. Is the city
>an inherently turbulent place? In what ways might the
>conception of an exciting or disturbing modernity relate to
>dismissals of the rural as banal?
>--The relation of boredom or the experience of banality to
>particular classed positions, or to other subject positions
>including, but not limited to, gender, race, and sexuality.
>That is: when is modernity banal, and to whom?
>--The use of banality in conceptualizing or evaluating
>artistic forms in a modern context.
>Please send a 300-500 word abstract to [log in to unmask] (either
>in MS Word, or pasted into the email) by April 30.
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