[UPDATE] Chicas, Nuhái, Batang babae: Girlhood in Contemporary Ethnic American Literature, NEMLA 4/7-10/2011

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Christa Baiada, Borough of Manhattan Community College
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Chicas, Nuhái, Batang babae: Girlhood in Contemporary Ethnic American Literature

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NY – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

With the growth of childhood studies, and its subsidiary girlhood and boyhood studies, more attention is being given to childhood and coming to age as critical arenas for the study of identity, gender, family politics, and liminality. Representations of children and conceptualizations of childhood in literature also speak volumes regarding cultural values, preoccupations, and anxieties. In critical examinations of girlhood, in particular, these larger issues intersect with concerns of feminism and women's studies in general: gender roles, sexuality, body, welfare, sexual abuse, mothering, and reproduction. This panel encourages inclusion of the additional dimensions of ethnicity and race into the conversation and due attention to the rich body of ethnic American literature engages all of these issues in complicated and rich ways. Envisioned as a multi-ethnic panel, the cumulative scope of the panel will be comparative in order to undermine hegemonic discourses of childhood and girlhood that render ethnically marginalized girls silent and their experiences invisible.

This panel will examine representations of girlhood in contemporary Ethnic American literature (1980-present) intended for adolescent or adult audiences. Topics of the panel include, but are not limited to: parent-daughter relationships, sexual initiation and identity, girls and violence or abuse, girls and nation, sisterhood, girls and beauty, friends and enemies, girls and religion, girls and work. Papers on Asian American, Latina, African-American, or Native American literature are especially welcome.

Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to Christa Baiada at cbaiada@bmcc.cuny.edu.

Deadline: September 30, 2010

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The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2011 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. Do not accept a slot if you may cancel to present on another session.