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Rethinking the Avant-Garde: Between Politics and Aesthetics
South Bend, IN, April 2000

Rethinking the Avant-Garde: Between Politics and Aesthetics
April 14-15, 2000
University of Notre Dame

Call for Papers Deadline: November 30, 1999

Attempts to construct expansive theories of Modernism have sometimes
characterized the Avant-Garde as either purely concerned with
aesthetics-some Modernist theorists have convicted it for being
experimental for experimentation's sake-OR as void of aesthetic content
and only concerned with political ramifications-certain dismissals of
Duchamp's work, for example, are animated by charges of being merely
anti-art (in a bad sense). We are looking for papers that negotiate
between politics and aesthetics to provide a more nuanced investigation of
the role of the Avant-Garde in re-evaluations of Modernism. 

Martin Jay
Marjorie Perloff
Susan Rubin Suleiman
Krzysztof Ziarek

With responses from:
Gerald L. Bruns
Fred R. Dallmayr

While our focus will be on the historical Avant-Garde movements indigenous
to Modernism (Italian and Russian Futurism, Constructivism, Dada, Imagism,
Cubism, Vorticism, Négritude, and Surrealism), we encourage investigations
that explode these boundaries, not only between "schools" but also between
the modern/ post-modern divide. Possible topics and approaches might

    Women and/of the Avant-Garde
    Aesthetic re-negotiations of Race, Class, and Gender
    Intersections between High Modernism and the Avant-Garde
    Proletariat Literature vs. the Avant-Garde
    Marxism and vanguard art
    Post-structuralism and radical aesthetics
    Psychoanalysis and textuality
    Hermeneutics and the work of art
    Philosophical encounters with the Avant-Garde
    Studies of individual writers/artists

The Rethinking the Avant-Garde Conference will be held at the University
of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, April 14-15, 2000. Individual
submitters are asked to send a 200-300 word abstract (by e-mail if
possible). Panel proposals should consist of a brief synopsis of the
thematic links between papers and should include abstracts for at least
three presentations. Individual presentations should not exceed 20
minutes.  Non-submitters interested in chairing sessions should submit
brief CVs highlighting areas of expertise.  Please include postal address
with submission. 

Send postal submissions to:

James Hansen and Erich Hertz
Department of English
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Registration materials and hotel information will be sent with
confirmation of your acceptance.  The conference offers a discount for
graduate students. 

Regular Rate         $50
Graduate Students    $30

The conference is sponsored by the William and Hazel White Chair in
English, the Keough Chair for Irish Studies, Packey Dee Chair of
Government, Department of Gender Studies, Office of the Provost,
Continental Philosophy and Literature Program, Department of German and
Russian, and Department of English.