CFP: [Cultural-Historical] âOh, pretty boy, Can't you show me nothing but surrender?â: The Presence and Importance of Women in

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Sharon Becker
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“Oh, pretty boy, Can't you show me nothing but surrender?”: The Presence
and Importance of Women in Punk Rock

Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal welcomes the submission of
essays for an upcoming special issue focused on women and punk rock. From
Patti Smith to Annabella Lwin, the Slits, and the Go-Gos, women in punk
rock have occupied both important and contested spaces. While Patti Smith
is revered for her contributions to the nascent punk rock scene in New
York City in the 1970s, other women have not been afforded such artistic
respect. As punk rock increasingly becomes the subject of academic
discourse, the consideration of women and their importance to the genre
remains limited. How was punk changed by the presence of women like
Debbie Harry, Alice Bag, Siouxsie Sioux, or Exene Cervenka? Did women use
or contribute to punk in ways different from men? What is the legacy of
punk rock women?

Topics could include but are not limited to:

Nancy Spungen and other “dangerous” punk women

Punk rock fans and groupies

Beth Ditto and contemporary punk identities (the music may not be punk,
but the attitude is)

Vivienne Westwood and the commodification of punk fashion

Lydia Lunch and the women of the Cinema of Transgression

Susan Seidelman's film Smithereens

Women's Studies publishes 8 issues a year, providing a forum for the
presentation of scholarship and criticism about women in the fields of
literature, history, art, sociology, law, political science, economics,
anthropology and the sciences. It also publishes poetry, film and book

For additional submission information, visit our website:

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been
published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for
publication elsewhere. All manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, one-
sided, and formatted according to MLA guidelines. Essays should be
approximately 25 pages in length. Authors should also supply a shortened
version of the title for a running head, not exceeding 50 character
spaces, an abstract of approximately 100 words, the author's affiliation
and location. Each submitted article must contain author's mailing
address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Submissions must be received by September 8, 2008.

Send a cover letter, two copies of the manuscript, and a copy on disk to:
Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Sharon Becker, Associate Editor
Claremont Graduate University
Department of English, Blaisdell House
143 East Tenth Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Queries welcome:

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