Women Writing Fashion

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA/ hosted by Dr. Jen Sweeney and Jaclyn Marcus
contact email: 

This panel is focused on the employment of fashion by female-identifying authors to discuss issues of inequity, specifically surrounding the themes of gender, sexuality, race, and class in their writing. In this panel, the relationship between text and the sartorial and the capitalization on this relationship by female-identifying authors will be explored. Given the focus of this panel on centering voices across cultures, we especially welcome papers discussing global texts, authors writing in all languages, and analyzing works written from non-Western perspectives.

In The Fashion System, semiotician and fashion theorist Roland Barthes argues that there is an intimate relationship between language and imagery in the creation and representation of “capital F” Fashion. Fashion acts as a type of “text,” surrounding the human form in signifiers that speak to a public and private persona. Capitalizing on the newly emergent, interdisciplinary conversations surrounding the relationship between text and the sartorial (see Burstein, Gammel and Mulhallen, Koppen, and Ribiero, among others), this panel is focused on the employment of fashion by female-identifying authors to discuss issues of inequity, specifically surrounding the themes of gender, sexuality, race, and class in their writing. Fashion, often associated with and defined through the feminine, is a powerful lens through which to explore the publications of these authors, works that have offered marginalized voices a fictional space where self-expression is prioritized. This panel invites papers that examine and exemplify the ways that female-identifying writers have used fashion, dress, style, and accessories in their narratives as a strategy for amplifying these voices and identities.

In this panel, the relationship between text and the sartorial and the capitalization on this relationship by female-identifying authors will be explored. It welcomes papers that examine texts across time periods and in all languages. Given the focus of this panel on centring voices across cultures, we especially welcome papers discussing global texts, authors writing in all languages, and analyzing works written from non-Western perspectives.

Please submit proposals to the NeMLA website (https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP). While we will, of course, answer any questions that you might have via email, we cannot accept proposals via any means except the NeMLA website. You will need to make a NeMLA account in order to submit your proposal. 

 

NeMLA 2020 is being held at the Boston Mariott Copley Plaza from March 5-8, 2020. More information about the conference can be found here: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html