Modernist Fragmentation and After: International Postgraduate Conference

Princeton University, September 29-30th 2016

Keynote Speaker: Dr Nora Goldschmidt

Fragmentation is an inescapable aesthetic technique of 20th- and 21st-century literature and art, overdetermined as a figure for both social processes of alienation and atomization and the psychological interiorization of these processes. “Modernist Fragmentation And After” seeks to interrogate this category from the perspective of classical reception and history, examining modernist experiments with fragmentation as a formalization of modernist problems of artistic representation while also investigating the deployment of this technique as a dominant aesthetic mode of receiving and adapting the cultural products of Greek and Roman antiquity.

Questions should be addressed to the conference organisers, Kay Gabriel (kgabriel [at] princeton [dot] edu) and Talitha Kearey (tezk2 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk).


The image used in the header is “Reaching Arms,” a photograph taken by Edward Steichen in 1921 of Maria-Theresa Duncan, one of Isadora Duncan’s daughters, in front of the Caryatids on the Acropolis. Our thanks to Rachel Herzog for suggesting we use this image.