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Sunday, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 7, ACC

Periodizations and Their Publics since 1945

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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.

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