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CFP: Baby at the Breast: Representations and Discourses of Breastfeeding in Western Culture – MLA, Boston, Jan. 2013 | cfp.english.upenn.edu

February 29, 2012

Baby at the Breast: Representations and Discourses of Breastfeeding in Western Culture

MLA 2013 Jan. 3-6 Boston

This proposed session seeks papers that explore depictions of breastfeeding in Western literature, film, art, etc., (any period) and analyze the engagement of these representations with the ever-changing and often contentious discourses of motherhood and womanhood.

Topics, in reference to various cultural forms, might include:
– symbolic associations of breastfeeding
– breastfeeding as racial and/or class marker
– the politics of breastfeeding
– breastfeeding as a measure of a mother
– iconography of the Madonna breastfeeding
– images of celebrities breastfeeding
– breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding in television or film
depictions of mothering
– feeding the baby in mommy lit
– the wet nurse
– American vs. European depictions of breastfeeding
– breastfeeding in memoirs of motherhood
– breastfeeding narratives in the blogosphere
– sexuality and breastfeeding
– the breast pump and cyborg-mothers
– gender inversions of nursing, i.e. men breastfeeding

Abstracts of 250 words and short cv due March 15th via email to
Christa Baiada, cbaiada@bmcc.cuny.edu

via Baby at the Breast: Representations and Discourses of Breastfeeding in Western Culture – MLA, Boston, Jan. 2013 | cfp.english.upenn.edu.

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