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>Subject: CFP: Modernism and Rural Geographies (5/4/07; MSA, 11/1/07-11/4/07)
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>MODERNIST STUDIES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
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>GEOGRAPHIES OF VISUAL AND LITERARY CULTURES
>http://www.usc.edu/msa9
>1-4 November 2007
>Long Beach, California
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>Panel call for papers:
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>BACK TO THE LAND: MODERNISM AND RURAL GEOGRAPHIES
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>If one of modernism?s central ambivalences is about cosmopolitanism 
>and urbanism, then how do we view the modern rural?  Historically, of 
>course, the early 20th century saw populations flocking to cities, 
>leaving rural communities culturally, economically and politically 
>impoverished.  Arguably, the modern coincided with the moment that the 
>rural became primitivized, a space ?to be interpreted, protected, and 
>possessed,? as Rebecca Kneale Gould asserts.
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>We seek papers that explore any aspect of the rural as subaltern 
>during the modernist era. Possible topics include but are not limited 
>to:
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>Texts or images related to the early 20th century back-to-the-land movement
>The primitivization of rural geographies in literature, art, or film
>The urban modernist?s ?nature craze?
>Gender or race in relation to agricultural life
>The lives, representation or significance of domestic animals or plants
>Farmland and economic development in relation to imperialism
>Local rural traditions and possible oppositional value in 
>modernist/imperial context
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>One-page abstracts and brief c.v.s by May 4th to Lisa Botshon
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>Lisa Botshon
>Associate Professor of English
>University of Maine at Augusta
>Augusta, ME 04330
>(207) 621-3473

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