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Alexander Howard on Charles Henri Ford and the camping of Modernism

Friday 7 November
11.00am -12.30pm
Building 3.G.55, Bankstown Campus, UWS
This paper focuses on the critically neglected American Surrealist poet and second-generation modernist editor Charles Henri Ford (1908-2002). An early exponent of queer modernism, Ford intuitively grasped that the particular identification strategies of Camp proved especially conducive to the communal – and public – articulation of queer desire and aesthetics. Charting the trajectory of his career across the decades, this talk considers the ways in which Ford, with the help of some of his closest confidantes, sought recourse to Camp literary and aesthetic strategies in order to reconfigure predominantly heteronormative versions of modernism and avant-gardism between 1930 and 1970.

Dr Alexander Howard is an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at the Centre of Modernism Studies in Australia (UNSW). He has written on modernist poetry, periodical culture, queer theory, and contemporary American fiction. His recent work has appeared in the second volume of the Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines and is forthcoming in Modernism/Modernity. He is currently is working on a monograph entitled "Charles Henri Ford and Camp Modernism."

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