Callie Ingram (SUNY University at Buffalo)
This panel will consider Jennifer Egan’s work in light of the post-90s literary and cultural movements emerging after postmodernism. While these contemporary trends have different names and aims (post-postmodernism, metamodernism, new sincerity, post-irony, digimodernism, performatism, the neoliberal novel, and many more), they all attempt to critique and move beyond postmodernism in some concentrated way. We invite papers that locate and complicate Egan’s work in relation to these contemporary movements.
This year’s conference theme, “Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities,” calls us to situate ourselves and our writers over and against past traditions, within our present concerns, and toward future possibilities. This panel provides an opportunity to think about how the work of our 2021 NeMLA keynote speaker asks us to view the past; how it imagines our present day; what it urges us to value as we move forward; and how to navigate the relationships between these.