Papers that address ways in which contemporary American women writers are constructing and/or
critiquing masculinities in their work. Such analyses may examine popular women's literature, such
as Chick Lit or its derivatives, or more 'literary' work. Papers should look at how women writers are
representing masculinities and how this may be influencing contemporary American women's
writing, new visions of femininity, understandings of nationalism, etc.
Subtopics may include: