Contemporary Representations of the Mother-Daughter Relationship - April 30-May 3, 2015

full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
contact email: 
lbernstein3@gmail.com

Do current representations of positive mother-daughter relationships exist? How can mothers serve as role models to their daughters, when both mother and daughter aim for the daughter not to repeat her mother’s life? By exploring contemporary representations of mother-daughter relationships in literature, film, and art from multiple countries and diverse cultural perspectives, this panel will interrogate whether and how mothers can realize their own subjectivity and help their daughters achieve agency within today’s globalized, patriarchal society. Presentations should explore late-twentieth and twenty-first representations of mother-daughter connections and interactions within their specific socio-political, economic, cultural, and national contexts. Texts and films from around the globe are welcome, and non-traditional individual and family identities are encouraged. Papers should analyze the portrayal of mother-daughter dynamics in literature, film, and other media, particularly in comparative historical, cultural, and linguistic perspectives.

Please submit an abstract of 250-500 words on the NeMLA website: go to www.nemla.org and follow the instructions to create a user account; please submit the abstract directly to session 15066 at https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15066

Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
postcolonial
theatre
twentieth_century_and_beyond