Femininities and Masculinities under Nationalisms (Northeast Modern Language Association annual conference)
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
Event: Northeast Modern Language Association annual conference
This panel will address literary (and/or multimedia) works in the context of demands made by nationalistic ideologies for specific expressions of femininity and/or masculinity. What are the hegemonic forms or expressions of masculinity and/or femininity required or celebrated by the nationalism of a particular cultural context or nation-state and how are those expressed in literary or multimedia texts? What forms of masculinity and/or femininity are vilified, repressed, or excluded by nationalism, and how does a particular text serve nationalistic ends in its representations of reviled masculine and/or feminine subjects? What texts offer up counterhegemonic gendered subjects that resist nationalistic gender ideologies? How are literary or multi-media works’ representations of gender exploited to serve nationalistic propaganda programs? How are texts that resist nationalistic gender ideologies received in the cultures in which they are produced? Papers in this session might focus one or more texts within the literature of a particular nation-state (and its particular nationalism) or they may take a comparative focus across cultures. Because nationalisms are always committed not only to specific hegemonic expressions of masculinity and femininity but also to an overarching gender binary, papers that explore anti- or non- gender- binary literary representations in nationalistic contexts would also be welcome.
Abstracts should be submitted to the NeMLA portal by September 30th, 2023.