Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Brunswick, New Jersey
September 30, 2010
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.
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
send 300 word abstracts to Maureen Gallagher, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, [log in to unmask].