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

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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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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 and follow the instructions to create a user account; please submit the abstract directly to session 15066 at

Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014