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Abortion in Contemporary World Literature and Cinema (NEMLA)

Washington, DC
Organization: NEMLA 50th Anniversary Convention
Event: NEMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, World Literatures, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2019-03-21 to 2019-03-24 Abstract Due: 2018-09-30

At a time when Roe vs. Wade is under assault, it is crucial to reflect on the history of abortion and women's representations of their own abortion experiences- not just in the U.S. but worldwide. Since abortion is a taboo topic in many countries and cultures, since female bodies and reproduction are crucial to the discursive formation of the nation-state, female narratives of abortion constitute a transnational discourse. By investigating these counterdiscourses, across times and places, in film, literature and theatre, this panel hopes to change the way we think about history.

This panel invites contributions that investigate female representations of the abortion experience in World literature, theater, and cinema. Topics may include works that analyze how abortion shapes female identity in the private and public realm; investigate the complex negotiations of power and powerlessness when abortion is at stake; examine marginalized voices or cases that may include a voluntarily interruption of a pregnancy but also miscarriages.

Abstracts should be uploaded to the NeMLA portal.



Giulia Po DeLisle