CFP: Comic Modern

CFP: Comic Modern

This session will explore the complex interactions between modern visual culture and the comic from 1800 to the 1920s in Europe and the United States. Responding to extraordinary changes in society and the cultural field, modern artists deployed visual comedy as a means of invention, self-fashioning, group formation, opposition, and critique. Modernists explored varieties of the comic, both subtle and overt, allowing them to address new publics and shape the response to their work. The explosion in illustrated print materials produced a vibrant interaction between outlets of mass communication—broadsides, newspapers, journals—and the visual arts. Alongside these developments significant new theories of the comic also emerged (from Baudelaire, Bergson, and Freud, for example). We invite papers exploring diverse media, from paintings and prints to comic strips and early cinema, and incorporating literary, aesthetic, sociological, anthropological, and psychological approaches to the comic.

For general guidelines for the submission of proposals, see Send proposals by May 9th to Co-Chairs:  Margaret Werth, University of Delaware; and Heather Campbell Coyle, Delaware Art Museum. Email: and

Margaret Werth

Associate Professor

Department of Art History

University of Delaware