'Nevertheless, they persisted': The Aesthetics of Resistance

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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This panel seeks papers that analyze textual, visual, and/or performance-based media in which female, trans*, and/or genderqueer protagonists fight against injustice, whether through explicitly political acts (e.g. protest) or by living a life in opposition to oppressive hegemonic demands. How is this resistance coded aesthetically, linguistically, formally, and/or narratologically? How do intersecting aspects of the protagonist’s identity, such as race, ability, class, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and/or nationality/citizenship status shape the kinds of resistance undertaken? How are these acts interpreted by other actors in the storyworld and what is their impact? Do the texts themselves function as a call to action, a manifesto, or a cautionary tale? Papers on primary texts from all time periods and linguistic and cultural traditions are welcome. Sponsored by the Coalition of Women in German.

Please submit abstracts by September 30, 2017 via the conference portal: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16880

The 49th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention will take place on April 12-15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.