In collaboration with the Modernist Studies Association, The Modernist Review seeks abstracts for a special issue to coincide with the ‘Precarious Modernisms’ panel at MSA 2023.
In the UK, higher education has seen widespread strike action, while in the US, graduate students across the country have been fighting to unionise and strike for better research and teaching conditions. Meanwhile, modernism has become increasingly –and often productively – destabilised as a category of literary scholarship. In this rapidly shifting climate of academic precarity, what can modernism’s own precarities offer in the way of addressing our contemporary crises of the humanities?
Proposals might consider, but are certainly not limited to:
- How culturally marked modernist and twentieth-century writers negotiated emerging forms of radical contingency, from Jim Crow segregation to the Lavender scare;
- Eco-critical approaches to modernist studies in our late stage of the Anthropocene, or the precarity of non-human life in modernist depictions of the rural/pastoral;
- “Passing” modernisms, or negotiating safety under conditions of racial and sexual threat;
- Fringe modernist figures and works, or works and theoretical approaches that complicate the boundaries of modernism;
- The precarity of modernism itself as a discipline, as suggested by the rise (and decline) of the New Modernist Studies, or the paradigms of multiple modernisms.
We are interested in short (~1,000 word) articles and creative responses to the topic of Precarious Modernisms. We especially encourage submissions from MSA members and international modernist scholars. Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio are to be sent to Zoë Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 March 2023. Please include ‘TMR Special Issue’ in the subject line of your email.
Scholars submitting to this special issue are also encouraged to submit proposals on the same topic for the corresponding ‘Precarious Modernisms’ panel at MSA 2023, designated especially for graduate students and emerging scholars and led by Zoë Henry. Please see submission guidelines for the MSA panel here. Note that both the TMR issue and MSA panel have the same deadline of 20 March.
On acceptance of an abstract for the TMR issue, the deadline for submissions will be late July, for publication of the special issue at the end of September.
Image credit: Paul Klee, ‘Seiltänzer [Tightrope Walker]’ (1923), Colour lithograph on paper, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Creative Commons