"Is This Us?": Gendered Representations of Death in Contemporary Narratives

deadline for submissions: 
July 10, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association Nov 11-13, 2022
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+++EXTENDED DEADLINE+++++Whether Poe was correct in asserting that “The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world,” he certainly was correct in associating her demise, mythical or otherwise, with the generation of art.  This special session for PAMLA 2022 invites papers that consider the significance of representations of death in modern popular culture.  Papers may engage the following questions or consider the topic from other directions.  How does the gendered and raced association of death with femininity produce normative masculinity?  In what ways does the overdetermined association between women and mortality stabilize concepts of geography, including nation?  Can we even imagine “America” without the quotidian yet fantastic symbol of the sentimental dead white girl? In short, was Poe right after all?

Please submit abstracts to https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Home/S/18500 by the July a0 deadline.  Presenters will be expected to attend PAMLA 2022 at UCLA November 11-13.