"Vater werden ist nicht schwer, Mutter sein dagegen sehr": Portraits of Aspiring Fathers and Disillusioned Mothers
Unmarried couples, working mothers, stay-at-home fathers, same sex partners, single mothers and fathers, divorcees: The parenting scene has definitely changed since Wilhelm Busch's Knopp trilogy, written in the 1870s, in which the poet, caricaturist, and painter portrayed Tobias Knopp as a caring, but passive father figure. But have our views of what parenting means for men and women changed as well?
This panel invites papers that interrogate the roles of fathers and mothers as depicted in the media, literature, film, and art of the 20th and 21st centuries. How has the pluralization of (quasi) familial cohabitation altered the gender-specific ways and responsibilities of parenting? Are fathers depicted as more active, eager, responsible parents? Do mothers come home after work and expect dinner on the table and the kids in bed? Are fathers recognized as equals when it comes to parenting? Does a woman really trust her male partner with raising their baby? How interested are men in becoming fathers? Does every woman want to be a mother? Have we moved on from pre-feminist views, or are we stuck in the traditional set up that favors and praises career-driven men and motherly women who give up their job to stay at home with the offspring? In short, what are today's dynamics of mother/fatherhood?
Genres may include (family) novels, poetry, (documentary) films, TV shows, comic books, caricature, and other forms of art.
Please direct inquiries and send electronic abstracts of no more than 250 words, and a short bio to Julia Baker ([log in to unmask]), Tennessee Technological University by February 12, 2012. Contributors must be current members of the GSA.
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