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Call for papers for the German Studies Association, Oct. 2-5, 2008, St. Paul, MN.

Panel: “Manufacturing Scandal: Oskar Kokoschka and the Marketing of Modernism”

Whether it was submitting paintings to a show that provoked critics into branding the unknown artist a ‘barbarian’…producing a play in which the invisible wall separating audience and stage dissolved into a fistfight that forced police intervention…publishing a grotesquely misogynistic drawing on the cover of a periodical that led subscribers to cancel in protest…or escorting a life-size, anatomically-correct doll modeled after a celebrity diva to the opera and cafes, the young Oskar Kokoschka displayed an intuitive sense for salesmanship in mastering the new market for modern art by producing publicity-rich scandals.

Papers invited from literary or art historians that investigate OK’s art/life as it relates to…

…novelty as promotional strategy that fosters formal innovation.
…scandal as performative medium that brings art back into life.
…modernism’s secret, back-door path from applied art to high art.
…other materialist analyses of how modernists marketed their art.

Please send 150-word abstract and 100-word bio to Brent McBride at <[log in to unmask]> by Feb. 10.

Douglas Brent McBride
Visiting Scholar, Cornell University

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