Are strong female characters necessarily subversive representations of femininity--historically and/or presently? Strong female characters often buck expectations and subvert patriarchal norms: they are super-powered, defiant, and resistant towards authority. Yet, even as the number of female-centered films increases (Wonder Woman, Ghostbusters, Moana, Rogue One, Beauty and the Beast, Ghost in the Shell, and Hidden Figures), the problem of unequal representation persists, and as apparent in some examples given, so does the problem of female characters adhering to cliches or damaging stereotypes.
The word “diversity” has been thrown around a lot lately in the world of superhero narratives. The last two years have featured an increased diversity in Marvel Comics’ set of characters and creative staff, with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s work on Black Panther, G. Willow Wilson’s co-creation of Ms. Marvel, the character Jane Foster being deemed worthy of Mjolnir and with it the name Thor, and Riri Williams taking over the role of Iron Man from Tony Stark. At the same time, Marvel has faced criticism for whitewashing of films such as Doctor Strange, and a refusal to increase diversity in casting with its main character taking on the white savior narrative in Iron Fist.
THE LANGSTON HUGHES REVIEW: A SPECIAL ISSUE
“Art and Politics: Reexamining Langston Hughes and Amiri Baraka”
Philip Roth Studies – Philip Roth and Forms of Political Violence
In American Road Narratives: Reimagining Mobility in Literature and Film (2015), Ann Brigham elaborates the identity building capacities of the road trip genre, and takes on the problem of mobility in women’s and minority writing. By challenging our privileging of mobility as a cultural mythology, Brigham complicates the required agency behind the very act of going on the road, analyzing ethnic and minority literature in light of contemporary political tensions.
The 49th NeMLA Annual Convention
April 12-15, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA
ACLA Seminar: Teaching Race in the 21st Century: Anti-Racist Pedagogies in Literary, Media, and Performance Studies
ACLA Annual Meeting (March 29-April 1, 2018)
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
CFP: 2017 Siegel McDaniel Award for Graduate Research on Philip Roth
The annual Siegel/McDaniel Award, sponsored by the Philip Roth Society, recognizes high-quality graduate student work written within the past year on any aspect of Philip Roth’s fiction.
We recommend that faculty encourage their students to submit papers, and we welcome submissions from Roth Society members and non-members alike.
Eligible graduate students should submit a clean copy of their 10-15 page essay, double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font to Maggie McKinley, the Philip Roth Society Program Director, at email@example.com.
CFP: The Films of John Hughes (Refocus Series)
Series Editors: Gary D Rhodes, Robert Singer
Editors: Timothy Shary, Frances Smith
Texas College English Association (TCEA) Conference CFP
in conjunction with the annual sessions of the
Conference of College Teachers of English
March 1-3, 2018
Hidden Realities: The Texas Experience