Editing Modernism in Canada


September 11, 2014

CFP: Codex-tensions: Canadian Writing Beyond the Book-Machine

CFP: Codex-tensions: Canadian Writing Beyond the Book-Machine

Member-Organized Session for ACCUTE 2015 (30 May – 2 June 2015) in Ottawa

Panel organized by Christopher Doody (Carleton U) & Eric Schmaltz (York U) CFP, Codex, FINAL

Considering the relationship between production, distribution, and consumption, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari argue that “there is no such thing as relatively independent spheres or circuits.” Without exception, Canadian writing is circumscribed by socio-economic, ideological, and techno-specific parameters when it is created, disseminated, and read. As a result, some authors have been prompted to productively critique these conditions and explore the limits of the publishing system that they necessarily rely upon. As evidenced by bill bissett’s experimental blewointment magazine and press to Anne Carson’s accordion-style Nox to Sachiko Murakami’s online collaboration Project Rebuild and Christian Bok’s The Xenotext––texts that effectively push the boundaries of inscription and the codex––many Canadian authors have challenged the material limits and conventions of literary production, distribution, and consumption. This panel is interested in the ways that Canadian writers and their works have navigated, or are navigating, networks of socio-politics, the marketplace, and the writing machines upon which they rely and/or resist.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Writing with resistance against and/or compliance with analog and digital writing machines
  • The ways in which analog and digital writing machines have transformed Canadian literature in the twentieth and twenty-first century
  • Termination and/or capitulation of small presses and literary magazines
  • The materiality of the text: book design, art-books, anti-books, ephemera, digital-publishing, self-publishing, etc.

Interested parties are invited to send the following: A file containing a 300-500 word proposal, without personal identifying marks; a file containing a 100 word abstract, a 50 word biographical statement, and the 2015 Proposal Submissions Information Sheet. Please see conference details on the ACCUTE website. Send submissions to Eric Schmaltz (schmaltz@yorku.ca) and Christopher Doody (christopherdoody@cmail.carleton.ca).

Deadline: 1 November 2014

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