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>Subject: CFP: Modernist Taste (4/21/06; MSA, 10/19/06-10/22/06)
>From: "McWhirter, David B" <[log in to unmask]>
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>CALL FOR PAPERS
>Modernist Studies Association 8 (2006)
>October 19-22, 2006, Tulsa, OK
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>žModernist TasteÓ
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>Modernist taste might at first glance seem an easy target for the kind of
>žSocial Critique of the Judgement of TasteÓ offered by Bourdieu in
>_Distinction_.  What could better exemplify the ždenial of the social,Ó the
>self-distinguishing žrefusal of the facile,Ó or the ždemand for the
>distance that allows it to keep its distanceÓ of BourdieuŪs žpure tasteÓ than
>the elitist, putatively žimpersonal,Ó self-consciously difficult modernist
>work of art?  But recent re-mappings of modernism and of aesthetic discourse
>suggest the need for a reconsideration of the nature, function(s), and
>implications of the concept of taste in modernist art and modern society.
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>For this interdisciplinary panel I am seeking papers that would reconsider
>taste as a key modality for understanding, negotiating, and/or critiquing
>modernity:  its flows and forms of power, production, and consumption; its
>shifting categories and constructions of class, gender, and sexual identity;
>the taste-shaping force of its residual and emerging media, from Art to
>advertising; its technologies of communication and cultural institutions; its
>rapidly changing situation of the artist and the work of art.  Papers from all
>relevant disciplines are welcome, as are papers focused on works from any
>artistic medium, and from all cultural strata (i.e. high, low or middlebrow
>taste).  How are questions and conflicts of taste theorized, embodied, and/or
>represented in the modernist period?  In light of the conference theme, how
>does taste work to create, delimit, and/or change the žarchiveÓ that may be
>said to constitute culture?
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>Please send a maximum 500-word abstract by April 21 to David McWhirter at
>[log in to unmask] or at 166 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett, RI 02882.
>
>For information about the MSA conference, see http://www.utulsa.edu/jjq/msa8/

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