MMLA 2018: "Consuming Masculinities" Special Session

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Shaunna Wilkinson
contact email: 

MMLA 2018: November 15-18 in Kansas City

Special Session Title: Consuming Masculinities

This session will explore the intersections between masculinity and consumption, particularly how consumptive practices inform and uphold male performance. In terms of consumption, we desire panelists to explore varying forms of masculine consumption in literature and film; submissions may address alcohol and food consumption, colonization, and marital or sexual practices. We are particularly interested in papers that examine the creation or use of terms like gentleman, rake, or libertine etc. through their approach to consuming objects, resources, property, or people. Possible topics to consider but are not limited to: reformed rakes, masculinity and performance, the fall or rise of the gentleman, advice or didactic texts, the role of the Novel in creating/sustaining/revising masculine identities, alcohol/alcoholism in literature or film, gambling in literature/film, the history of rape culture, prostitution, colonization, and clubs, fraternities, or associations for men.

Please submit abstracts of 300 words (including name and institutional affiliation as well as any audio-visual needs) to Shaunna Wilkinson at by April 15th.