Call for papers: Special issue on “Revisiting and/or Reinventing Modernism”

The upcoming issue of the Spring Magazine welcomes papers on modernism that try to clear the fog accumulated by radical revisions of this chapter in the history of literature published in the 1990s and in the early twenty-first century.

Originating in Wyndham Lewis’s statement about the incompatibility between the ”timeless, fundamental Artist” of the North and Marinetti’s infatuation with futurist technology in the South  (The Vorticist Manifesto,1914), the split discourse of Modernism was constructed mainly on the divide between obsession with newness and a courtesy to tradition, poured into new forms. This Janus figure counterpointed a tamed version of the Eliot-Pound school with wild experimentation, coupled with iconoclastic war on predecessors of vanguard movements, such as Futurism and Dadaism. From Edmund Wilson’s vituperative critique of modernists’ irresponsible escapism and insensitivity to the troubles of mankind caught between two world conflagrations, the critical frameworks exploring the politics underwriting the poetics of Modernism have increasingly assumed New Historicist, feminist or postcolonial overtones. In the wake of these we can raise the following issues:

  • Could modernism be defined through a set of distinguishing features, or as a multifarious movement of movements (Peter Nicholls)?
  • Was the avant-garde an exclusively political phenomenon (Christopher Butler), or a turning point in the history of art as technique?
  • Is semiotic aesthetics a useful tool in the construction of a common canon of modernism similar to the late tendency towards a nominal identification, as modernism, of the Vienna school of dodecaphonic music and neoclassicism?
  • Is modernism, traditionally perceived as an exercise in autonomous and self-conscious forms, open to the interdisciplinarity of the post-formal age?

In the light of the concept note we would like authors to discuss Modernism from fresh new perspective. For the convenience of the authors we are including some topics (which are not exclusive but illustrative):

  • Rise of Modernism in Europe
  • Its impact on the arts and literature of the period
  • Theories of modernism
  • Modernism and its allied movements
  • Visual and Performing Arts and Modernism
  • Discussion of the canonical texts
  • Unexplored texts of the Modernist writers.
  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Impact of Modernism on the culture of the European colonies
  • Romanticism and Modernism
  • Modernism in the light of the 21st century theories.


  • Length: 2000-3000 words, including notes and references.
  • Latest MLA style-sheet should be strictly followed.
  • Use only endnotes, and that too if strictly necessary.
  • Papers that do not adhere to word limit and MLA style-sheet will be summarily rejected.
  • Authors whose papers are found to be plagiarized would be blacklisted.
  • Send a short bio-note of not more than 60 words.
  • Use your own or copyright-free pictures if necessary.

How to Submit

  • Please send your manuscripts to Prof. Maria-Ana Tupan at with a CC to the Chief Editor at
  • There is NO publication fee.
  • Deadline for Submission: August 14, 2017.

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