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GERMAN-CFP-L  June 2005

GERMAN-CFP-L June 2005

Subject:

CFP: Embedded Politics (9/15/05; NEMLA, 3/2/06-3/5/06)

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Megan McKinstry <[log in to unmask]>

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>From: [log in to unmask]
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>Subject: CFP: The Politics of Friendship: Modernist 
>Literary/Philosophical Groups and their Embedded Politics (9/15/05; 
>NEMLA, 3/2/06-3/5/06)
>
>
>The Politics of Friendship: Modernist Literary/Philosophical Groups
>and their Embedded Politics
>
>proposal deadline: September 15, 2005
>contact: [log in to unmask]
>
>Call for papers for a panel on The Politics of Friendship: Modernist
>Literary/Philosophical Groups and their Embedded Politics at 2006
>NEMLA annual convention, Philadelphia, March 2-5, 2006
>
>While the concept of modernism often invokes a lone image of a flaneur,
>modernist literary or philosophical groups invite us to go beyond the
>obsession of individual geniuses and to explore the dynamic politics as
>embedded in these exemplary groups. The important role that some literary
>circles, such as Woolf's Bloomsbury Group, the avant garde Tel Quel group,
>or the Chinese "Crescent Moon" group, play in defining movements of
>modernism is well known. Yet, it is often assumed implicitly that a group
>is an assemblage of some quirky geniuses who tend to agree and disagree
>with each other passionately. More important than the celebrity culture of
>modernist literary groups, however, is how their agreements and
>disagreements come to shape what we know today as modernism, or rather,
>modernity. Therefore, in this panel, we propose to investigate different
>aspects of modernist aesthetics and politics by seeing literary groups as
>a priori. In this panel, we will ask: What is the singularity of the
>group? How does the group define, identify, territorialize itself against,
>at the same time in dynamic exchanges with, the mass culture "out there"?
>How does the friendship among the group members affect their politics, and
>vice versa?
>
>The panel invites papers that engage theories of the group as well as
>specific literary or philosophical circles such as Woolf's Bloomsbury,
>C.S. Lewis and Tolkien's Inglings, Freud's "secret committee,"
>Wittgenstein's "Vienna Circle," the Tel Quel group, the transatlantic
>connections at the Leftbank, the poets gathering by Walden Pond, Dorothy
>Parker's Vicious Circle, and many others. By looking at the groups, the
>panel also seeks to explore their historical, political, and philosophical
>significances. Papers that engage the concept of modernity and formation
>of literary/philosophical groups from a philosophical, psychoanalytical,
>and political perspective are especially welcome. Topics might include,
>but are not limited to:
>
>-- Theories of the group from Sigmund Freud, W.R. Bion, to Gilles Deleuze
>and Felix Guattari. Does the group work on identification with the father
>figure? Is Jacques Derrida's politics of friendship apply to the politics
>of the group? Is friendship political? And how does politics affect their
>friendship or fraternality?
>
>-- History and genealogy of literary groups, e.g., comparison of twentieth
>century literary groups with eighteenth century literary salon
>
>-- Sex and sexuality of the group: How do we understand the homoeroticism
>of certain literary groups? In what way are women in literary group
>subversive of their sexual norms? How does sexual/gender dynamics affect
>the working of the group?
>
>-- Any specific literary or philosophical group and its role in modernist
>aesthetic and political movements, including international groups
>
>-- The organization, dissents, and dissemination of the group and analysis
>of its embedded politics
>
>-- Influences or cross-cultural comparisons between international groups
>
>-- Cultural/national identities, hybridity, and exchanges in the formation
>of the group
>
>-- Transatlantic transmissions of modernist literary groups
>
>-- Literary groups and their manifestoes, literary magazines and print
>culture
>
>-- Important feuds and disputes related to a specific group
>
>-- New developments of literary groups: internet, activist groups, virtual
>"literary groups" of celebrities (such as "Oprah's Book Club")
>
>Please submit proposals of approximately 500 words and a short
>biographical note by September 15 to:
>
>Lili Hsieh ([log in to unmask])
>
>Lili Hsieh
>Literature Program
>Duke University
>
>

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