May 22, 2012
Charles Tung, associate professor of English, presented a paper, "Modernist Heterochrony: Evolutionary Developmental Biology and Aesthetic Form," at Generation M: Resetting Modernist Time, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The international conference was sponsored by the University of Amsterdam, the University of Minnesota and the University of Louisville. Tung's paper argued that modernism radicalized the idea of generation in advance of Karl Mannheim's sociological revision by pushing the metaphors of kinship at the heart of generational consciousness to their extreme-in visions of strange assemblages of biological anachronisms.
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