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CFP: Essays on Housework and Popular Culture (Due 10/15/2012)
full name / name of organization:
Elizabeth Patton, New York University and Mimi Choi, Ryerson University
Home Sweat Home: Perspectives on Housework and Modern Domestic Relationships. Under contract with Scarecrow Press (imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group)
Editors: Elizabeth Patton, Doctoral Candidate -- Media, Culture and Communication, New York University; Mimi Choi, MA -- Literatures of Modernity, Ryerson University
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for original proposals for chapters exploring representations of housework as they reflect and/or critique modern relationships from the nineteenth century to the present time. Since World War II, there have been a proliferation of films, TV shows and commercials, magazines and advertising that reflect and critique numerous issues of domestic life, but we also encourage chapter papers on earlier periods as areas of concentration or comparison.
We conceptualize housework as a key aspect of domestic life, an economic system that has produced domestic commodities and shaped interior spaces. By identifying household labor as “(house)work,” we emphasize the parallels (and differences) between work within and outside the home.
Possible contributions may include but are not limited to discussions of the following:
- etiquette guides, parenting and household manuals from the Victorian and early 20th-century periods
We invite 500-word chapter abstracts of critical and scholarly essays with works cited. Deadline is October 15, 2012. Successful authors will be notified by November 4, 2012. Completed chapter essays will be due February 1, 2013. Accepted papers are conditional upon final submission and approval by Readers of the press.
Please include a brief bio/cv (must include affiliation, educational background, research interests and current position) and contact info with submission.