Sunday, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 7, ACC
Periodizations and Their Publics since 1945
A special session. Presiding: Kevin Brazil, Univ. of Oxford, Saint Catherine’s Coll.; Kathryn Fleishman, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Speakers: Sarah Chihaya, Princeton Univ.; Amy Hungerford, Yale Univ.; David James, Univ. of London, Queen Mary Coll.; Katherine V. Snyder, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Daniel W. Worden, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Participants consider how literature since 1945 has been periodized in literary studies. Which terms—modern, postmodern, post-45, contemporary—have gained or lost purchase? How do different terms shape the work we do as interpreters of texts? Engaging with recent discipline-wide attention to periodization, the discussion reflects on what is at stake in our impulse to periodize.
For abstracts, visit https://periodizationsince1945.commons.mla.org/.