Performing Gender, SAMLA, Atlanta, Nov 7-9, 2014 (Abstracts due June 7, 2014)

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South Atlantic Language Association (SAMLA)

Performing Gender: Cultural Ideals, Expectations, and Representations of Gender in American and British Culture

South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) 
November 7-9, 2014 in Atlanta, GA

This panel will explore gendered ideals and expectations over time—from the Victorian era to contemporary society—and consider how insidious these ideals and expectations of gender can be in American and British culture. Papers can draw from a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, including novels, short stories, plays, popular magazines, and literary journals of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as films and TV shows of the 20th and 21st centuries. Papers on any topic related to gendered ideals and expectations might consider how some gender expectations have changed while others have stayed the same over time and question what kind of impact these societal ideals have had and continue to have on our cultural consciousness. Papers addressing the topics of fashion or style in relation to gendered ideals would be of particular interest, and papers also addressing the conference theme of sustainability (fashion cycles, retro style, "thrifting," recycling fashion or style in any way, for example) are most welcome. How do cultural images and texts make meaning in regards to gendered expectations? By June 7, 2014, please send abstracts of 250-500 words along with AV requests and short bio to Loretta Clayton, Middle Georgia State College, at