Theory, Method, Aesthetics: A Forum on Feminism and Modernist Studies

Reminder: Abstracts due August 15, 2015

Announcing a CFP for “Theory, Method, Aesthetics: A Forum on Feminism and Modernist Studies,” a prospective peer-reviewed cluster for the Modernism/modernity Print-Plus Platform.

Feminism: scholarly method or object of study? Both? Neither? Feminism’s intellectual presence in modernist studies has been defined – and, occasionally, compromised – by answers to these questions. This forum debates how scholars of modernism should best retain the unique, indispensable insights of feminist theory, history, and aesthetics. At a moment when many feminist conversations happen in isolation from one another, how, if at all, should we bridge the distance separating archival or textual scholarship from the realm of philosophical inquiry? And if this is a question that troubles literary studies more generally, does it take on greater urgency when feminism is the organizing rubric? What slips out of our intellectual purview when modernist studies, taking feminism for granted, casts its gaze elsewhere? We welcome papers on feminist scholarship’s continuing relevance to modernist studies. Papers may address topics as diverse as women writers and the canon, evolutions in feminist theory, the praxis of recuperation, women’s history, modernist-feminist aesthetics, the politics of sexuality.

Please submit abstracts of 500 words on these questions and questions of adjacent interest to Urmila Seshagiri (sesha@utk.edu) by August 15, 2015. Abstracts will be reviewed in anticipation of the submission of polemical 3000 word short essays due by February 1, 2016.