"It's the Depression, dearie!": Housewives, Agitators, and Broadway Babies in 1930s America (8/18/06 journal issue)
Call for Papers Deadline:
CFP: “It’s the Depression, dearie!”: Housewives, Agitators, and Broadway Babies in 1930s America (8/18/06; journal issue)
Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal welcomes the submission of essays for an upcoming special issue focused on the images of women in 1930s America. We encourage men and women from all disciplines to submit articles based in film, television, literature, art, or other media.
In the movie musical, Gold Diggers of 1933, Busby Berkeley’s dance extravaganza “We’re In The Money” is interrupted by creditors storming the stage to dismantle the sets. As one of the dancers laments that this is not the first show she’s been in that’s closed this week, Ginger Roger intones, “It’s the Depression, dearie!” As dancers hoping to find rich men to marry, the women in this film embody traditional constructs in Depression-era popular entertainment: the woman longing for moral and/or monetary uplift, and the tough-talking, sexy babe. This special issue of Women’s Studies seeks to uncover more of the complicated realities and portrayals of women in the 1930s.
Topics could include but are not limited to:
Women writing protest fiction/women as subjects of protest fiction
Fashion and the 1930s woman
Women’s magazines and the housewife, the career girl, or the wealthy woman
The crisis of masculinity and working women
Busby Berkeley’s “synchronizing” of womanhood
Gone With the Wind and beyond: women of color in art, literature, film
For additional submission information, visit our website:
Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, one-sided, and formatted according to MLA guidelines. Essays should be approximately 25 pages in length. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title for a running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces, an abstract of approximately 100 words, the author's affiliation and location. Each submitted article must contain author's mailing address, telephone number, e-mail, and a stamped self-addressed envelope.
To be included in the first round of reviews for our upcoming issue, submissions must be received by August 18, 2006.
Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal publishes 8 issues a year, providing a forum for the presentation of scholarship and criticism about women in the fields of literature, history, art, sociology, law, political science, economics, anthropology and the sciences. It also publishes poetry, film and book reviews.
Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Sharon Becker, Associate Editor
Claremont Graduate University
Department of English, Blaisdell House
143 East Tenth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
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