CFP: Aging and Staging: Old Age on Stage and Screen (3/1/06; MLA '06)

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Leni Marshall
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Aging and Staging: Old Age on Stage and Screen

Theorists have argued that age is a performative construction. How do
professional performers enact aging and old age? What gives their
performance truth value? How do parodies of aging and old age work?
How can performances reinforce or disrupt ageism and age positivism?
How do performances of aging and old age mark advanced age as a
category of difference, and how do they disrupt or refute such
categorization? How do actors perform the meanings of old age? How do
scripts suggest that aging should be played, and how much is left to
the actors? Are these suggestions of similar quantity and quality as
those marking youth on stage and screen? Explorations of all aspects
of theatrical and media productions of aging and old age are welcome.

This will be a proposed special session for the 2006 MLA in Philadelphia, PA.

Please send one-page abstracts by 1 March 2006. Email submissions preferred.

Leni Marshall
Department of English
University of Minnesota
207 Lind Hall, 207 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55055

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