"The Passing of Time, and All of its Crimes": Gender and Transgression, 1900-2000

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In early 2014 we are planning to host a conference centred on gender and transgression in the 20th century. At this point, we are seeking those who would be interested in presenting 20-30 minute papers at the conference. Please read the description below (a draft CFP) and email me [antony.mullen@ncl.ac.uk] if you would be interested in presenting OR attending.

Graduate Students (MA and above) are invited to respond.

Call for Papers: Some of the most defining moments of the twentieth century are notoriously transgressive: two World Wars and the Holocaust; the Moor Murders; the assassination of JKF, John Lennon and Martin Luther King; the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the establishment of the IRA; and the terrorist attack on the Munich Olympics to name a few. Fiction, film and media are obsessed with representing to audiences the shocking and outrageous aspects of transgressive acts, both real and imagined, in ways which seem increasingly real. From the suffering described by the First World War poets to the stylish revenge narratives of Quentin Tarantino, the relationship between gender and transgression is constantly in flux. Men, women and children occupy various roles – ranging from victim, to murderer, to petty criminal, to rapist, to saviour – and their gender can be a deciding factor in which they occupy and why.
This interdisciplinary symposium seeks to evaluate the link between gender and transgressive acts in British and American fiction, film, media and culture throughout the twentieth century. It will think about how acts that cross social boundaries of acceptability are dependent upon the perpetrator's gender in addition to the act itself. We invite 300-word abstracts (for papers of 2,000-3,000 words) on any topic relating to gender and transgression; possible topics – whether fiction or non-fiction - might include, but are not limited to:
• Murder and violence
• Sex, sexuality and desire
• Controversial fiction, film or media
• News coverage of transgressive acts
• Unacceptable acts at war
• Spaces without limits (e.g. the post-apocalypse)
• Nihilism as transgression
• Acts formerly considered, but no longer, transgressive
• Adapting transgression from page to screen/stage
• The fictional re-telling of the real-life event
• Transgression and trauma studies
• Star studies perspectives on transgression
• Transgression, children and children's literature
• Race, racism and ethnicity

Papers will be published in an edited collection