CFP: “Strong Female Characters: Subversive Femininity in Literature and Popular Media” (Northeast MLA, April 2018, Pittsburgh), Submission Deadline 9/30/17

Below is a call for papers by my colleague, Mary Ellen Iatropoulos. “Strong Female Characters: Subversive Femininity in Literature and Popular Media” seeks abstracts that draw parallels between 19th-century literature and 21st-century popular media representations of subversive femininity. Successful papers will describe what critical insights such a comparison yields, as well as what conclusions for modern audiences such analysis reveals.

The CFP summary is below, and you may read the full CFP and submit abstracts online with a free NeMLA CFP List account at this link by September 30, 2017: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16962

Please email me (derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com) or tweet at Mary Ellen (@metamare) or me (@dereksmcgrath) with any questions.

Image layout by Mary Ellen Iatropoulos

CFP: “Strong Female Characters:
Subversive Femininity in Literature and
Popular Media”

Northeast Modern Language Association, April 12-15, 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Abstracts due September 30, 2017, at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16962

Are “strong female characters” necessarily subversive representations of femininity–historically and/or presently? How have stories about such characters affected our understandings of gender constructs and idealized, “proper” feminine behavior for women throughout American cultural history? Which parallels can be drawn between 19th-century literature and 21st-century popular media representations? How have representations of subversive femininity and “strong female characters” changed or (d)evolved from century to century?

Please submit 300-word abstracts and brief biographical statements by September 30, 2017, with a free NeMLA CFP List account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16962

The 49th Annual NeMLA Convention will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 12 to 15, 2018.

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