CfP: Reading German Girls

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

April 7-10, 2011

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Deadline:  September 30, 2010

In recent years, girlhood has come under increasing academic focus,  
and girl studies has emerged as a sub-discipline in a variety of  
fields. There is even a journal devoted to the topic, the award- 
winning Girlhood Studies.

This panel invites proposals that seek to locate girlhood studies in a  
German Studies context. Particularly of interest are studies of how  
girl identity is constructed in and through literature and reading.  
Possible topics include girls’ reading circles, Backfischbücher,  
girls’ reading habits and concerns about “Lesewut,” online girl  
communities, girls’ education, fantasy literature with female  
protagonists, and mobilization of girls for war. Also welcome are  
intersectional analyses of race, class and sexuality and comparative  

Please send 300 word abstracts to Maureen Gallagher, University of  
Massachusetts Amherst, [log in to unmask]
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Acting Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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