UPDATE: [Gender Studies] "American Visual Memoirs" Collection - new deadline

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Mihaela Precup
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This is a Call for Papers for a new collection on memory, gender and

American Visual Memoirs after the 1970s. Studies on Gender, Sexuality
and Visibility in the Post-Civil Rights Age, Mihaela Precup, Ed.

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief author
bio by September 30, 2007. The deadline for submitting completed articles
is November 30, 2007. Below you can find more information about the
volume, deadlines, scientific board and publishers.

Advisory Board:
Laura Wexler, Professor of American Studies, and Women's, Gender, &
Sexuality Studies, Yale University, author of Tender Violence:
Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism (2000) and Pregnant
Pictures (2000), co-authored with Sandra Matthews.

Tirza True Latimer, art historian and chair of Visual and Critical
Studies at California College of the Arts, editor, with Whitney
Chadwick, of The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars
(2003) and author of Women Together/Women Apart (2005).

Peggy Phelan, Professor, Stanford University, author of Unmarked: the
politics of performance (Routledge 1993); Mourning Sex: performing
public memories (Routledge, 1997-honorable mention Callloway Prize
for dramatic criticism 1997-1999). She is co-editor, with the late
Lynda Hart, of Acting Out: Feminist Performances (University of
Michigan Press, 1993-cited as "best critical anthology" of 1993 by
American Book Review); and co-editor with Jill Lane of The Ends of
Performance (New York University Press, 1997).

David Agruss, visiting lecturer in Lesbian and Gay Studies and
organizer of the Women's Studies Colloquium at Yale University. He
has been teaching courses on "White Masculinity and Sexuality in U.S.
Popular Culture," "Reading Gender and Sexuality in the Archive,"
"Nineteenth-Century Gender and Sexuality in Art and Literature," and
"Literature and Empire."

Description and Deadlines:
This collection will examine the reshaping of sexual identity and
gender paradigms through the use of autobiographical devices in the
construction of American visual memoirs after the 1970s, when private
experience was increasingly used in works by visual artists for
political ends. The term "visual memoirs" is used here to broadly
refer to those visual texts which incorporate strategies of
self-documentation (i.e. family photographs, snapshots,
self-portraits, diary excerpts, home movies) to compose visual
narratives which insert the (often staged) personal into larger
political struggles. The editors also welcome articles on
autobiographical fictions (i.e. memoirs, diaries, coming-of-age and
coming-out narratives etc.), but only in relation to adjacent visual
Some (but not all) of the questions the articles in this volume
should attempt to address are: How have the paradigms of sexuality
and gender shifted as a result of the Civil Rights movement, the AIDS
crisis, the end of the Cold War, the 9/11 attacks and their
aftermath? How have these profound changes shaped the relationship of
groups and individuals to private and collective trauma? Does the use
of autobiographic elements at this point in history signify the
successful unveiling of the private within the public sphere for
social and political goals or does it metonymically instantiate
private experience as representative of collective events, thus
simply canonizing new heroes in place of the old? Is it possible that
the apparent growing visibility of certain marginal groups signifies,
in fact, growing obscurity? Is the allegedly new borderless world of
penetrable walls and extended visibility less liberated than ever?
How is the increasingly frenzied documentation of private and
collective suffering changing the world?
Possible subjects for article submission include (but are not limited to):
- reexamining the uses of the personal as the political
in the work of second-generation feminist artists
- the personal and the political before and after the
- the photographic self-portrait in post-1970s
autobiographical texts
- configurations of gender and sexuality in graphic
memoirs after the 1970s
- camp, masquerade, the performance of gender and the
- the body as tool and subject of visual
autobiographical practices
- visual "diaries" of the AIDS crisis
- personal documentary films and video art
- performance and autobiography
- trans- and auto-
- "autoethnography" (cf. Pratt) and "postmemory" (cf.
Hirsch) in relation to contemporary visual productions
- family albums, snapshots, personal archives
- digital diaries

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief author
bio by September 30, 2007. The deadline for submitting completed articles
is November 30, 2007. Submissions should be 20-30 pages in length and
conform to the requirements of the Chicago Manual of Style. Images
for possible use in an article should be 300 dpi and authors are
responsible for requesting and receiving permission to reprint images
for scholarly use.

Send queries, proposals, and articles to Mihaela Precup, editor of
Zeta Series in Literature and Visual Culture, at
mihaela_at_zetabooks.com and/or mihaelaprecup_at_gmail.com

The volume will be reviewed by an international board of academics
and scholars whose work informs the fields of visual culture,
life-writing, women's, gender and sexuality studies.

For more information about this and other Zeta Books volumes, please go
to www.zetabooks.com or www.zetabooks.com/joomla.

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