Gender and Class Representation in U.S. Culture, NeMLA, Hartford, 3/17-3/20

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47th **Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
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This panel investigates the contemporary meaning of gender and class in film and literature in the United States. While authors such as Sheryl Sandberg and Hannah Rosin focus on women in the professional ranks to argue for women's prominence in U.S. culture and stories of professional women dominate the media, few stories of working-class women have emerged to challenge the symbolic dominance of the white male worker and breadwinner. As work, families, and genders have changed, how has this symbolism been reinforced or challenged in literature and film?

The panel seeks proposals that take feminist approaches to contemporary conceptualizations of gender, class, labor and family in contemporary U.S. literature and film. Abstracts of 200 words or less should be submitted by August 30, 2015. You can email your abstract to the contact email or submit it directly at the NeMLA website-