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WReC Colloquium in Spring 2008: Uneven and Combined Modernisms

The Warwick Research Collective and departmental colleagues (Sharae Deckard, Michael Gardiner, Nick Lawrence, Neil Lazarus, Graeme Macdonald, Pablo Mukherjee, Benita Parry, Stephen Shapiro, and Rashmi Varma) hosted a colloquium on the topic of ‘Uneven and Combined Modernisms’ on 18-19 April 2008 at Millburn House, University of Warwick. The colloquium, supported by a grant from Warwick's Research Development Fund, was designed to encourage intensive discussion of the ideas generally implicated by the notions of ‘uneven and combined development’; ‘peripheral modernity’/‘alternative’ modernities and modernisms; ‘Third-World’ literature; ‘world literature’; ‘globalisation’; and related issues. Eight scholars were invited to Warwick to present papers on these topics for discussion and argument:

Bashir Abu-Manneh (Barnard College)
Tim Brennan (University of Minnesota)
Keya Ganguly (University of Minnesota)
Richard Godden (University of California, Irvine)
Ruth Jennison (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Neil Larsen (University of California, Davis)
Silvia Lopez (Carleton College)
John Marx (University of California, Davis)

The Programme

 Day 1 (Friday, 18 April, 2008)

Conference Venue: Writer’s Room, Milburn House

1:00-2:00 Timothy Brennan, “The World-Historical Individual”
Respondent: Benita Parry

2:00-3:00 John Marx, “Failed State Fiction”
Respondent: Graeme Macdonald

4:00-5:00 Silvia Lopez, “Dialectical Criticism in the Provinces of the ‘World Republic of Letters’: The Primacy of the Object in the Work of Roberto Schwarz”
Respondent: Michael Gardiner

5:00-6:00 Ruth Jennison, “Combining Uneven Developments: Louis Zukofsky and the Political Economy of Revolutionary Modernism”
Respondent: Nick Lawrence

Day 2 (Friday, 19 April, 2008)

Conference Venue: Writer’s Room, Milburn House

10:30-11:00 Richard Godden, “A Diamond Bigger than the Ritz: F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Gold Standard”
Respondent: Stephen Shapiro

11:30-12:30 Bashir Abu-Manneh, “Artist and Sacrifice in Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s Early Novels”
Respondents: Rashmi Varma and Sharae Deckard

1:30-2:30 Keya Ganguly, “Ray’s Mahanagar and Cinematic Imperfection”
Respondent: Pablo Mukherjee

2:30-3:30 Neil Larsen, “Race, Periphery, Reification: Speculations on ‘Hybridity’ in Light of Gilberto Freyre’s Casa-Grande & Senzala
Respondent: Neil Lazarus

4:00-6:00 Roundtable discussion and conclusions
Chair: Nick Lawrence