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Modernist Fragmentation and After - International Postgraduate Conference - 29-30/09/2016, Princeton

Fragmentation is an inescapable aesthetic technique of 20th- and 21st-century literature and art, overdetermined as a figure for both social processes of alienation and atomization and the psychological interiorization of these processes. “Modernist Fragmentation And After” seeks to interrogate this category from the perspective of classical reception and history, examining modernist experiments with fragmentation as a formalization of modernist problems of artistic representation while also investigating the deployment of this technique as a dominant aesthetic mode of receiving and adapting the cultural products of Greek and Roman antiquity. This conference seeks to address the historical circumstances that rendered fragmentation a dominant aesthetic and analytic mode of modernist engagements with Greek and Roman antiquity. We aim to foster cross-disciplinary investigations into this complex history, and invite abstracts from graduate researchers in Classics, English, Comparative Literature, Modern Languages, History, Architecture, Art History, and related disciplines. We also seek abstracts from practising artists. Possible approaches might include (but are not limited to): * Case studies of concrete instances of this engagement in literature, the performing arts, and visual and material media * Theoretical approaches exploring modernist fragmentation as an aesthetic trope * The historical development of modernist fragmentation from its prehistory in Romanticism, other aesthetic movements of the 19th century, and/or Early Modern interest in classical civilisations * Meditations on the transformations of this trope in postmodernist poetics and aesthetics * Papers from practising artists in various disciplines exploring their own engagement with modernist fragmentation, and illuminating dynamics of fragmentation in the history and practice of a given artistic médium.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 29-30/09/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Kay Gabriel (Princeton University); Talitha Kearey (University of Cambridge)

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4.30-5 Registration, coffee

5-5.30 Welcome, introductory remarks (Kay Gabriel and Talitha Kearey)

5.30-6.30 Keynote address (Dr Nora Goldschmidt)

6.30-7.30 Drinks reception

8 Conference dinner


10-10.30 Coffee

10.30-12 Panel 1 (chair: Mathura Umachandran)

  • Jenny Harris, ‘Benjamin’s Potsherds: Dividing and Sharing in Modernist Classical Translation’

  • Anna Fyta, ‘Hippolytus Broken: H. D.’s Reconstruction of the Euripidean Lost Parchment in the Choral Odes from Hippolytus and Hippolytus Temporizes’

  • Rachel Herzog, ‘“Can the dancing Maenad dance?” Isadora Duncan’s Claims to Embodied Authenticity’

12-1 Lunch

1-2.30 Panel 2 (chair: Talitha Kearey)

  • Emily Kanner, ‘Ruined Love: Fragmentation and Immortality in Lampedusa’s The Professor and the Siren’

  • Nimrod Reitman, ‘Non-finito: Michelangelo and Rilke’s Unfinished Fragments’

  • Stephanie Huber: ‘Carel Willink’s Prophetic Interwar Ruinscapes as the Embodiment of Spenglerian Pessimism’

2.30-3 Coffee

3-4.30 Panel 3 (chair: Erik Fredericksen)

  • Cam Scott, ‘“NOT WHAT THE SIREN SANG BUT WHAT THE FRAG MENT”: bpNichol on the Body of the Letter and the Letter of the Breath’

  • David W. Pritchard, ‘Poetry as Accumulation Strategy: Midwinter Day and the Space of Modernism’

4.30-5.30 Roundtable discuss​ion

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