Between the National and the Transnational, 1945-1980: Masculinities in British and American Literature, 9-11/06/2010
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the National and the Transnational, 1945-1980:
in British and American Literature between World War II and Thatcher/Reagan
First of Three International Workshops:
TU Dresden, Germany: 9-11/06/2010
Dr. Stefan Horlacher (TU Dresden)
Prof. Kevin Floyd (Kent
As R.W. Connell
and James Messerschmidt have proposed, masculinities have to be studied at a
number of different analytic levels simultaneously, ranging from the most
location-oriented and culturally specific, to the national, to the
transnational. This workshop will encourage scholarly movement in a direction
that both builds on recent work in the field of masculinity studies and moves
past it, toward more comparative kinds of analysis.
In Britain and the US the proliferation of
differentiated masculinities becomes increasingly evident during the postwar
period for specifically national and transnational reasons. These include
global waves of decolonization, patterns of migration, the emergence of 'new'
subaltern subjects demanding social, cultural, and political recognition, and
conservative reactions against these developments.
What lines of
interchange and influence in the cultural imagining of masculinity can be
traced between the US and UK during this
period? How do new, postwar forms of masculine identity in Britain and the U.S.
reconstruct imagined national pasts in ways which retain force when global economic
and military hegemony appears to have passed, finally, from Britain to the US? How should we understand
relations between hegemonic and counterhegemonic masculinities in such a
context – and especially the ways in which these relations operate both
similarly and differently in these two countries?
This workshop is
designed to facilitate a collective scholarly conversation about the ways in
which masculinities in the UK
and the US
converge as well as diverge. How to understand culturally differentiated
masculinities not simply as incommensurate
with each other, but also as operating in
relation to each other? We seek papers that examine, within a
transatlantic framework, literary representations of masculinity in the U.S. and/or the U.K. from the post-World War II
period to the period immediately preceding the era of Thatcher and Reagan. We
especially encourage literary analyses that consider or propose connections
between US and UK
masculinities, and that examine those masculinities at simultaneously national
and transnational levels.
conference is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt
Foundation and Kent
Partial subsidies for participants will be available.