[ilds] CFP - Archives and Networks of Modernism (book; 5 January 2009)

James Gifford odos.fanourios at gmail.com
Wed Nov 5 23:37:26 PST 2008


/Archives and Networks of Modernism/, an edited collection, develops 
following a successful conference on Lawrence Durrell and the Archive in 
2006.  The book will expand beyond any single authorial focus to address 
the plurality of Modernist and Late Modernist networks and archives in 
an international perspective, in particular where each intersects or 
interrupts the other.

Modernism exists for us only as an archive or window to the past: an 
ostensibly stable perspective through which we can understand and 
comment on its fragments and remainders.  Under the spectre of 
authenticity, the archive dubiously attracts attention, yet foreclosing 
on the range of viable texts is equally suspect.  Schools and networks 
exist in a similar tension, uncovering while also generating meaning. 
In actuality, these archives bespeak shifting networks, contexts, and 
politics, moving in parallax with interpretive agency and critical 
interventions.  They offer a theoretical richness to challenge the 
bounds of intertextuality and question the limits of any text.

The archive of Durrell's writing reflects just some aspects of this 
unstable network -- /Archives and Networks of Modernism/ takes this 
starting point for further discussion on the polyphony of Modernist and 
Late Modernist voices as well as the heteroglossia within each of them. 
  An author who bridged many movements and genres, enjoyed ties to 
Western Europe, Greece, India, and Egypt, and maintained 
mutually-transformative correspondence with writers as diverse as T. S. 
Eliot, George Seferis, Henry Miller, Elizabeth Smart, and Dylan Thomas, 
Durrell produced works that engage not only with other texts but also 
with the conflicting literary and aesthetic tensions of the past 
century.  In this spirit, we invite papers that highlight the virtual 
and actual networks and archives of the early to mid-twentieth century, 
as well as speculations on the fate of both.  Papers that discuss 
Durrell in these modernist contexts are welcome, but we especially 
encourage more general work on the broad topic of literary networks and 
modernist archives as ideas or as actualities.

Possible topics may include

* Networks and Archives as intentional objects with creators, politics, 
and aesthetics

* Movements and schools like surrealism, futurism, symbolism, imagism, 
vorticism, or impressionism

* Nationalist literary communities like Greek modernism, Anglo-Indian 
literature, Antipodean writings from the margins, or Welsh poetry

* Thematic groupings like imperialism, war poetry, travel writing, 
children's literature, or experimental novels

* Writing retreats and artistic enclaves like the Villa Seurat in Paris, 
the Yaddo Artists’ Community, Shakespeare & Company, etc.

* The physical archive as rhizomic connector, fashioning networks among 
otherwise unconnected authors

* The archive as a modernist phenomenon

* Theoretical or literary disparagement of the archive or network

Articles of 6,000 - 10,000 words including footnotes and Works Cited, 
prepared according to the MLA Style Manual will be reviewed by at least 
two readers before decision. Please direct your submission or any 
questions to James Gifford, James Clawson, or Fiona Tomkinson at 
<modernist.archives at ed.ac.uk> by 5 January 2009.  Direct written 
correspondence to:

James Gifford, Director University Core
Fairleigh Dickinson University
842 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 2P6, Canada

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