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Ergebnisanzeige "Hermann Broch and the Modern Novel"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelHermann Broch and the Modern Novel
Beschreibung*CfP: Hermann Broch and the Modern Novel
MLA, Seattle, Jan 5-8, 2012*

Deemed the "classics" of European modernism, early twentieth-century novels are often considered revolutionary -- both politically and aesthetically. For the young textile manufacturer and philosopher, Hermann Broch, this conception of the role of literature led him to put work on his philosophical essays aside and begin to write fiction. His literary turn was initially the choice to write in a form that would reach a wider audience, but in practice and in theory, his novels articulated a much more complex self-understanding of their own function. Over the course of his literary career, Broch at times rejected literature as luxury in the face of social and political turmoil, and at others he saw the novel as the most appropriate form within which the crisis of his time could be presented.

For the 2012 meeting of the MLA, we invite papers that return to the question of the uses of the novel and that explore the ways in which Broch departs from or agrees with other authors' and scholars' views of the role of the novel in the first half of the twentieth century.Proposals should refer to Broch, but might also include larger discourses on the uses of the novel, for example: connections between specific novels, analysis of the form or theories of the novel, and relationship of the novel to its particular historical context or later theories of the novel.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio by March 17, 2011, Sarah McGaughey,


Sarah McGaughey
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Dickinson College
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