Inquire Journal of Comparative Literature

Call for Papers

Issue 4.2

“Wake up in Moloch!”

 Representations of Modernity in Literature and Art


 Deadline: November 30, 2014

The fin-de-siècle modernization of every aspect of life swept through Western Europe as a seemingly benign Enlightenment, but expanded into most other parts of the world in much more conspicuously violent forms. Almost a century later, the minds of the literati are still preoccupied not only by the nature, impact, and consequences of modernity, but also by the discontents and displeasures that it has generated. Modernity has been represented through several opposing theoretical and ideological lenses, in numerous forms, and across a vast array of genres that include literature, film, history, biography, newspapers, magazines, and travelogues. Understandings and representations of modernity vary depending on historical moments and geographical regions. The transition into the modern mode of life has been hailed by some as the emergence of a futuristic utopia, yet loathed by others as a dark soulless wasteland, ruled by the myth of the machine and maintained at the expense of colonizing Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.   

We invite papers that engage with representations of modernity in any of these forms and through any of the approaches mentioned above. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

--Postmodernism as Romanticism

--Mysticism without Religion

--Romantics outside Europe

--Psychoanalysis and Enlightenment (The Frankfurt School)

--Phantasy as revolt

--Capitalism and the Crisis of the New Left

--“The Third Way” as a post-colonial concept  

--Orientalism Vs. Nativism

--Self-seeking in the Irrational and the Decadent

--Progress in Degeneration

Inquire accepts submissions by graduate students only. Submissions must be in line with the current call for papers. All submissions should meet the following guidelines:

  • Be original works that have not been submitted elsewhere

  • Be complete articles in English, 5,000-7,000 words (including a “Works Cited” list and endnotes),

  • Follow the MLA style: 12-pt Times New Roman, double-spaced

  • Include a separate cover sheet with the name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a short biography (max 60 words) of the author

Please send inquiries and submissions to [email protected] and check our website for updates and information:

 Deadline: November 30, 2014


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